Astronomy Programs

Sidewalk Astronomy

Free solar telescope viewing events provide residents and visitors with unique opportunities to participate in daytime astronomy. Weather permitting, safely filtered views of the Sun are provided by trained observers from the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. Take an up close and personal look at sunspots, prominences and flares through the Centre’s neutral density and Hydrogen-Alpha filtered telescopes. Solar viewing takes place once a month during February, March, April, May, August, September, October & November. Dates and times are TBD.

Public Star Parties

Free public stargazing events on the following dates at locations around Rocky Mount, introduce residents and visitors to the wonders of the night sky. As the sky changes overhead from one month to the next, viewing sessions feature different observing targets. Dress appropriately for changing seasonal temperatures and bring flashlights, binoculars, or telescopes if you have them. Free guided constellation tours and beginner sky charts are provided. Otherwise, plenty of telescopes and assistance are available from your hosts, the staff of the Cummins Planetarium and members of the Tar River Astronomy Club. Dates and times are TBD.

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