Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

95 Sunrises Along the Columbia Riverbank

Margaret Greenwood explores the changing location of sunrises throughout the year.


AAS's Advice for Safe Solar-Eclipse Viewing

Due to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers as eclipse day approaches, the American Astronomical Society has revised its safety advice.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Low-Tech Eclipse Viewing

What to do if you're caught without optics on eclipse day. Low-tech eclipse viewing options from pinhole to binocular projection.

Magnetic manifestations


Fun in the Sun: A White-Light Guide to Our Nearest Star

We examine the fascinating solar phenomena that anyone with a small scope and safe solar filter can see, whether the Sun's in eclipse or not.

16 Hours of Sunlight

Celestial News & Events

Solstice Brings Late Nights, Bright Sights

Celebrate the June 20th solstice, when the Sun and the full Strawberry Moon combine their powers to illuminate both day and night.

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How Astronomers Count Sunspots

A multi-year investigation revealed errors in our understanding of the Sun.

Monster in our midst

Explore the Night with Bob King

Observer's Guide to the H-alpha Sun

Want to see a star rock in real time? Observe the Sun in the crimson light of hydrogen alpha and watch it come alive.

Faculae along solar limb on July 18, 2014

Celestial Objects to Observe

Blank Sun? Faculae to the Rescue!

Fascinating faculae provide a way for anyone with a small telescope to track the ups and downs of the solar cycle — even when there are no sunspots.

Halpha sun with prominences

Celestial News & Events

How to Look at the Sun Safely

Our star is an amazing object to observe, whether by eye or with optical aid. These time-tested tips will let you see the solar disk worry-free.


Safe Solar Observing

When it comes to observing the Sun, remember — safety first!


Solar Filter Safety

Before an eclipse occurs the media often provides information on how to watch the event safely. Unfortunately, despite the best intentions, inaccurate or confusing information on safe observing techniques is often provided. Here are the facts.


Sketching Sunspots

Looking for a daytime astronomy project to pursue? Why not set your sights on our nearest star?

solar prominence

Hobby-based Q&A

Why do you need a hydrogen-alpha filter to see solar prominences?

If I can see solar prominences with the naked eye during a total eclipse, why do I need a hydrogen-alpha filter to see them at other times? During a total eclipse the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s photosphere, or visible “surface,” allowing prominences (and the corona) to shine in all…

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Solar Observing Refresher Course

With modest equipment and attention to safety, you can enjoy observational astronomy throughout the day.

Sun through hydrogen-alpha filter


Observing the Sun Safely: Sunspots, Faculae, and Flares

The surface of the Sun is a dynamic, living place that can change unpredictably from day to day.