Free Solar Viewing at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

May 17, 2017

SUMMARY

Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit www.gorgediscovery.org.

 

Solar Saturday

THE DALLES— Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, weather and clouds permitting. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can get an unbelievable view of the sun. (Never look directly at the sun - especially using a telescope - without approved filtration.) Our star is a cauldron of incredibly hot gases, sunspots as big as Earth, and loops of gas called filaments and prominences. Bob Yoesle will gladly explain what you are looking at, and the fascinating physics which underlies these incredible features on our dynamic sun. This event will be held, weather permitting (sorry, we can't control clouds) from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is FREE to the public and will be held outside the museum. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058. For more information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, renewable energy, ecology, live raptor presentations and more. See the newest exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” The museum is wheel-chair accessible, and family friendly, with a Kids Explorer room. Riverfront Trail offers hiking and biking, and a native plant nature trail circles the pond next to the museum. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum adult admission is $9, seniors $7, kids 6 to 16 are $5, and children 5 and under free. Live raptor presentations are held daily, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. most days. The schedule may vary to accommodate tour groups, so call ahead to verify times if you are planning your day around the raptor presentation. The Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open daily. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.