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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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This just wasn't what we expected. We were hoping for some explanation and a chance to see the... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2016
Punta Gorda, Florida
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Love the Science and Location, But Limited Access

Have been here three times with various friends and family. Love the science going on here, but... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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  • Average17%
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  • Terrible10%
27 Aug 2018
“In transition but still interesting”
4 Sep 2018
“Must see!”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

We visited the National Solar Observatory as a day trip from Alamagordo, NM. It was about an hour and a half drive through some really beautiful mountain terrain. Even the road from Cloudcroft to the NSO is educational, as it has planet names along the...More

1  Thank Donna A
Reviewed July 12, 2016

A long drive and not worth it. You could not view the sun. This observatory should not be open to public

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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

This just wasn't what we expected. We were hoping for some explanation and a chance to see the inside of the observatory..maybe hoping to actually get to see the top. The "museum" is small and the woman at the front counter seemed less than eager...More

2  Thank noelleo642
Reviewed June 21, 2016

Drove up from Las Cruces NM today June 21st to see the observatory for our first visit which now will be our last visit to the area. Very disappointed with the staff who neither acknowledged us when we came into the visitor area nor any...More

2  Thank rosemariebabyboy
Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Have been here three times with various friends and family. Love the science going on here, but sadly is no longer a "cutting edge" solar observatory in many respects so that is a little sad. Staff there on a Saturday unable to tell us anything...More

1  Thank bb2527
Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

The observatory and related museum appeared locked in a 1970s time warp. The displays were all obviously very old, and the story of the observatory was not clearly presented. The only good thing about the visit was the drive from Cloudcroft

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Reviewed April 10, 2016

We looked forward to visiting here after spending time at several other national observatories and while it was cute that the locations of the planets are mapped out on the drive up - the center was closed on weekdays (when we first visited) and the...More

Thank muklukmary
Reviewed April 7, 2016

I loved that the drive to the observatory has signs for all the planets, indicating their relative distance from the sun - the closer you get to the observatory," the closer you get to the sun". The NOVA movie about the sun in the visitor...More

4  Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Spent a couple hours at the Sunspot Astronomy and Visitor's Center and found it interesting. The gal working at the Visitor's Center was the most informative and gave us instructions on the self-guided tour. We had fun taking the easy walk, shooting some photographs of...More

Thank OregonStrider
Reviewed April 21, 2015

The museum is very well organized and offers approachable learning experiences about solar science. There are also nice exhibits about this area of New Mexico. A guided tour of the observatory grounds and facilities is offered, which my wife and I took on a Sunday...More

1  Thank Volcam
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September 13, 2018|
Response from TheresaK9 |
Start looking at the sun with an infra red filter on your smartphone camera or video cam. You'll see something very very interesting!