Astronomy Programs

Solar Viewing

Free solar telescope viewing events provide residents and visitors with the unique opportunity 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 solar flares through both visible light and Hydrogen-Alpha filtered telescopes. Solar viewing takes place once a month during September, October and November.

Public Star Parties

Free public stargazing events, held at locations around Rocky Mount, introduce residents and visitors to the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, each month’s viewing session features different observing targets including: double stars, bright planets, nebulae, and distant galaxies. Dress appropriately for changing seasonal temperatures and bring along a flashlight, binoculars, or a telescope if you have one. 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.

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