International Sun-day

International Sun-day

Sunday 20th June 2021 from 09:00am to 22:00pm

Online event by Go Stargazing

See the International Sun-day prize draw winners here!

Enjoy a day of family-friendly sun-related activities and presentations, including experiments that you can do from home, arts and crafts, photography tuition and music… There is also a competition to win some astronomical prizes!

The Sunday closest to the Summer Solstice on 21st June is known by some as International Sunday and is an ideal time to celebrate Earth’s closest star. This year it also happens to be Father’s day!

Join the team from Go Stargazing, in collaboration with our friends at First Light Optics, throughout the day, for live streams (or watch them back) broadcast directly to the Go Stargazing public Facebook page (no Facebook account or login is required). You may need to “refresh” the Facebook event page to see the “Watch live” button, once it has started.

09:00 BST – Introduction & competition launch

– join Grant from First Light Optics and Neill from Go Stargazing, who will introduce the day of events and competition details before handing over to Gary Palmer for some solar basics and a live stream of the Sun (weather permitting). Watch the replay

10:00 BST – The Magic of Sunlight

– Jo Richardson from Space Detectives will reveal secrets of the Sun, including an experiment that the whole family can do from home. Download Jo’s resource pack. Watch the replay

11:00 BST – Solar telescope live stream & live Q&A

– join an astronomer for live views of the Sun through a solar telescope (weather dependent). Watch the replay

12:00 BST – Make your own Sun model

– make a 3D model of the Sun with Mary McIntyre. You will need two pieces of card, colouring pencils or felt tip pens, scissors and some glue. Watch the replay

13:00 BST – Solar telescope live stream & live Q&A

– join an astronomer for live views of the Sun through a solar telescope (weather dependent). Watch the replay

14:00 BST – Solarcan solargraphy camera

– capture incredible images of the Sun’s path across the sky using the long-exposure pin-hole camera, with Solarcan inventor Sam Cornwell. Watch the replay

15:00 BST – Solar telescope live stream & live Q&A

– join an astronomer for live views of the Sun through a solar telescope (weather dependent). Watch the replay

16:00 BST – Our nearest star

– learn fascinating facts and figures about the Sun with a beginner’s presentation by Dave Eagle. Watch the replay

17:00 BST – Competition winners

Neill & Grant will announce the winners of today’s competitions and close out the daytime events. Watch the replay

19:00 BST – Introduction to solar imaging

Join Gary Palmer for an introductory talk on how to capture incredible images of the Sun. Watch the replay

20:00 BST – Solar image processing

Gary continues his presentation on solar imaging with a session on how to process captured data. Watch the replay

21:00 BST – From Herschel to Hawkwind

We round off the day in style with Astronomer and Musician Peter Williamson and his presentation “From Herschel to Hawkwind”. Watch the replay

Please note that this event has already taken place on 20/06/2021


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This event will be streamed live via Go Stargazing's public Facebook page. A Facebook account or login is not required to access the stream. No booking required.

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