Saturday, August 11, 2018

Photos: Checking Out the Smithsonian Sun

 Before we made it to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, they had this little observatory station outside. They had a special event that day where they were focusing on the Sun. I'm a little dubious they don't do this everyday because what else you're going to see during daylight besides the source of such daylight?
They had this thing set up so you could see the Sun in detail with your own eyes, and not suffer from blindness either. It's been awhile since our DC trip (it's taken me this long to detail it) but I want to say the filter on it was green in color. 

8 comments:

  1. Sometimes you can see sunspots - they were quite visible during last year's total eclipse and even showed up in my photos taken with a regular camera (with a special almost-black filter).

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  2. I would be curious to look up at the sun through the filter.

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  3. Isaac Newton thought he could get away with looking at the reflection of the sun in the mirror. He went blind for three days, and had troubles with his eyes for months afterwards.

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  4. That's cool. I've often wondered what things you can see on the sun. There's an observatory nearby that offers daylight showings. Something for the Husband and me to check out.

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  5. Yes, you have to take care with the sun.
    I liked your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  6. It's a wonder why they don't do this every day. Seems like something most of their visitors would enjoy.

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