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Solar Observing in the Boeing Observatory

Grades: Recommended for all ages 

Maximum Capacity: 50 people 

Cost: Free

Days: Tuesdays – Fridays 

Times: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You don’t have to be an astronomer to have access to a state-of-the-art telescope! The Boeing Observatory at the State Museum features a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8″ refracting telescope connected to cutting-edge technology. Take your group to the observatory during the open hours listed above and an astronomy educator will be there to answer questions and engage with your group. Please note that the observatory is an open-air experience and is weather dependent. There will still be a chance to enter the observatory and chat with astronomy educators even if there is poor weather. During poor weather, we show images of planets, the moon, and other beautiful objects from our telescope, and may ask your group fun challenge questions!