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Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory Celebrates the Sun in July

June 13, 2011

Perkins Observatory.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
DELAWARE, OH – The regular Friday night programs at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), will be replaced in July with three daytime “Celebration of the Sun” events. The special programs will be held at 4 p.m. July 9, 16, and 23.

“The sun is our ‘day star,’ ” said Tom Burns, observatory director. “During these events, we will celebrate, talk about, and observe the sun with special telescopes, weather permitting. Perkins staff and volunteers will use special, sun-safe telescopes to help you to observe sunspots and solar prominences, gigantic explosions on the sun’s surface.”

Other activities planned for July’ s soak-up-the-sun celebrations include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, tours of the observatory, and even a recounting of the Perkins ghost story.

In June, the observatory will hold its regular Friday evening programs, which include stargazing with the facility’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope, weather permitting. Participants will have their last opportunity this year to see Saturn and its rings at 9 p.m. June 17 and 24.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events. Many programs sell out far in advance. Advance tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children (17 and under), and $5 for senior citizens (62 and older). Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. To reserve tickets, or find out about at-the-door availability, call (740) 363-1257.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.