Looking at the Sun is dangerous without the proper filters to reduce its brightness. The Visitor Center has an array of telescopes specially designed for observing the Sun.
Our visible light filter, reduces the brightness of the Sun by 99.99%, leaving the image of the Sun just bright enough to see sunspots.
Our second solar telescope views the solar atmosphere by only allowing a very narrow range of red light called Hydrogen-Alpha through. As a result we see prominences, filaments, and more. These views reveal the Sun to be dynamic, intricately detailed, and ever changing.
Free solar viewing occurs when weather and docent staffing permit. You can find the solar observing telescopes in SOLARIO, a small observatory adjacent to the Visitor Center patio.