Summer Solar Picnic

Ride your bike, bring your own picnic, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the St. Paul campus. Our astronomy educators will bring out specially outfitted telescopes so you can safely view the biggest yellow dwarf star around--our Sun! Staff will also highlight some of the exciting developments happening at our new museum and planetarium, under construction right next to the fields!

July 29, 2017
12:00 - 2:00pm
St. Paul Soccer Fields
Free

** Note: June 17 Solar Picnic is cancelled due to forecasted rain and clouds. **

Outdoor games, soccer balls, bubbles—even DIY insect houses—are welcome at Solar Picnics (not supplied). Note: Observing may not occur in the case of inclement weather such as rain, overcast skies, or high heat indexes. Check our website and social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) for cancellation notices.

Pro Tips for Solar Observing

Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection.

Sunglasses are not a safe way to view the Sun.

Bring sunscreen and apply it as directed on the package.

Dress for the weather. Hats and sunglasses are helpful.

Drink lots of water when out in the Sun.

Visit the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory website to preview if there are any sunspots visible on the day you are observing.

Sun shining on a clear blue sky

Directions & Parking

There will be a temporary bike rack at the picnic site. If you are driving, there are several parking options: Falcon Heights City Hall, UMN Golf Course, Folwell Street Parking. All parking locations are about a 5-7 minute walk, to the recreation fields.

View drop-off, parking, and walking paths on our custom Google Map. Please contact us at belladm@umn.edu ahead of the event to arrange accessibility accomodations.