Afternoon Solar Program at Goldendale Observatory

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Afternoon Solar Program at Goldendale Observatory

Spend the afternoon learning all about our local star, the Sun. Enjoy the best live telescope views of the sun anywhere!

By Goldendale Observatory State Park

When and where

Date and time

February 3 · 2pm - September 30 · 5pm PST


Goldendale Observatory State Park 1602 Observatory Drive Goldendale, WA 98620

About this event

In the afternoon, visitors are treated to an insightful discussion on the surface features and inner workings of our local star, the Sun. This one to two hour long show includes some of the highest resolution and contrast live views of the Sun you will see at any public observatory or science center. By the end, you will understand the stars!

Program begins at 2pm October through March and 3pm April through September. Programs last 2 hours. Visitors must arrive on time.

Please note these important details:

  • Groups of 50 or more must call us at 509-773-3141 BEFORE making their reservation. If staff are unavailable to pick up, please leave a detailed message and we will reply as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in appointment cancellation.
  • If your group will be arriving in a bus, please call us at 509-773-3141 so we can confirm availability.
  • Double check the show start time before arrival; visitors must arrive on time, but early departures are always permitted. Late visitors may forfeit their telescope viewing opportunity.
  • It is advised visitors arrive 30 minutes before the show starts to ensure parking; carpooling is also recommended.

Frequently asked questions

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Is this a planetarium?
Is the solar show different from the night show?
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Can I camp/park overnight here?
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Is it safe to look at the sun?
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