The wonders of the sun will be brought into the spotlight

SOLAR POWER A picture of a large prominence on the sun, taken by a member of HantsAstro, Gary Palmer
SOLAR POWER A picture of a large prominence on the sun, taken by a member of HantsAstro, Gary Palmer

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THE regional astronomy group, HantsAstro, is holding a free public solar observing event at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Clanfield, on Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Come along and join us on the visitor centre patio to observe our nearest star using some of the latest large solar telescopes available.

These are telescopes with special filters that enable you to safely look at the sun.

Local solar experts from HantsAstro will answer any questions and advise you how to modify your own telescope or binoculars to view the sun.

There will be shows in the visitor centre theatre and also live images of the sun (weather permitting).

This year is the most active time for the sun as it’s approaching solar maximum in its cycle.

Earlier this year there were large solar storms and these could have had the potential to knock out satellites and disrupt power supplies here on Earth.

HantsAstro is now the largest astronomy observing group in southern England.

It observes at Butser Ancient Farm, at Chalton, throughout the year, plus occasionally at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and on Butser Hill, which is the highest observing area in Hampshire and was the first to be awarded Dark Sky Discovery status in the south of England.

Our safety advice is you should never use any equipment to observe the sun unless it has been correctly modified to do so.

For more details about HantsAstro events, observing sessions and astronomy classes visit hantsastro.org or contact Sharon at membership@hantsastro.org. It’s advisable to check our website in case the event is postponed.