Published on 05/09/13

Rock Eagle visitors can gaze safely at the sun's surface

Area stargazers are sure to enjoy the next Saturday at the Rock program where visitors will use special telescopes to gaze safely at the sun’s surface.

The session is set for May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. Guest presenters from the Charlie Elliott branch of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will deliver the program. The presenters are trained by NASA as NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors.

Following a short presentation about the sun and how it is studied, guests will participate in guided observation of the sun. Using white light and H-alpha telescopes, participants will examine the structure of the sun’s surface, including filaments and prominences. This cannot be replicated at home.

This session is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. Observations will be subject to weather conditions. Advanced registration is required.

For more information contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or by email at

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