A daytime celebration of the sun, including discussions and observations of the day star using special telescopes and eclipse glasses. Though it is unsafe to look at the sun without appropriate eye protection, guests may be able to observe sunspots and solar prominences – explosions on the sun’s surface – under the supervision of Perkins staff and volunteers.

Other “Celebration of the Sun” activities may include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, and tours of the observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware.

Following July’s “Celebration of the Sun” events, the observatory will return to its regularly scheduled Friday evening programs Aug. 5. Weather permitting, the skywatches will include observing the sky using the observatory’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events, as many programs sell out. Advance tickets are $10 each and may be purchased only with a credit/debit card by calling the observatory at (740) 363-1257. Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door.

Founded in 1923, Perkins Observatory is an active research facility used by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. “The Place for Space” also conducts hundreds of public programs and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. Learn more at www.owu.edu/perkins.