Free Public Viewing of Solar Activity

UC Riverside will offer telescopes to the public on Feb. 24 to view sunspots and solar flares

The public has an opportunity to see solar explosions and sunspots through telescopes on Feb. 24 at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The sun’s activity in the last five years was recently presented by NASA in a short video. The public now has the opportunity to view solar activity through telescopes that will be set up on the University of California, Riverside campus on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

“People will get to see solar explosions and sunspots,” said Mario De Leo Winkler, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who is organizing the viewing. “We will have a team of astronomers available to explain the phenomena.”

A couple of telescopes will be set up between the University Lecture Hall and the Surge Building, near Parking Lot 19.  The free viewing will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Counted every day, sunspots are dark areas of irregular shape, some as large as 50,000 miles in diameter, on the surface of the sun.  They appear in pairs and are temporary phenomena.  Groups of sunspots with complex magnetic structure are more likely to produce solar explosions or flares – sudden flashes of brightness observed over the sun’s surface or the solar limb (the apparent edge of the sun).  These flares have the potential to cause havoc on Earth.

More details about the event can be found by contacting Mario De Leo Winkler at (951) 827-5415 or

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