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Summer Sungazing

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Where: The Observatory When: Friday and Saturday Afternoons, 1:00-4:00pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Safely look at the Sun and its features—such as sunspots and prominences—through a special set of filters on our telescope.

Take a closer look at the Sun

The Observatory is open to museum visitors every Friday and Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, weather permitting. Admission is included with Science Center admission.

Phone 410-545-2999 after 12:00 PM on the day if your visit to find out if the Observatory will be open.

Amazing Sun Facts

  • The Sun is 1.4 million kilometers (869,919 miles) wide (that’s 109 Earths across!)
  • The Sun contains 99.86 percent of the mass of the entire solar system.
  • About 1.3 million Earths could fit inside the Sun.
  • The total energy radiated by the Sun averages 383 billion trillion kilowatts, the equivalent of the energy generated by 100 billion tons of TNT exploding each and every second.
  • At about 5 billion years old, the Sun is half-way through its life.