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Live View of the Sun

Sun Spots

The three solar telescopes in this room use light coming through the coelostat in the dome overhead to provide live views of the constantly changing Sun. On clear days, the coelostat tracks the Sun and bounces sunlight off mirrors and through lenses to the telescopes at the three observing stations. Each one shows a live image of the Sun. The station in the center of the room has a white-light image reflected onto frosted glass. Dark sunspots are often visible in the image.

A Museum Guide provides solar eclipse play-by-play at the coelostat’s live image of the sun in west rotunda, in the Ahmanson Hall of the Sky.

A visitor points to the silhouette of Mercury on the viewing screen of Griffith Observatory’s solar telescope.