Tuesday, June 14, 2011

One Week Until the Summer Solstice Celebration

Astronomer Ray Martin helps a museum visitor use his filtered solar telescope to safely view the surface of the sun.

The official start of summer is only one week away! After Wyoming's long winter, the Art Museum likes to celebrate the longest day of the year, and the first day of summer, at the annual Summer Solstice Celebration. Please join us for this free event on Tuesday, June 21 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Every year on the summer solstice at exactly noon, a unique architectural feature of the museum - a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery - brings in a beam sunlight that illuminates a silver dollar that is set in the center of the floor. This is the highlight of the Summer Solstice event, but in addition, astronomer Ray Martin will have his filtered solar telescope set up on the sculpture terrace, allowing museum visitors to safely view the surface of the sun.

Please join us in celebrating the Summer Solstice in one week! For more information, call 307.766.6622. This event is free and open to the public.

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