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We drove up to the observatory at 9,200 feet. It was chilly. Along the road were signs with the solar system's planets names at their relative distances from the sun. The museum has some interesting displays, particularly those related to the relative sizes of the...More
This place is very educational if you have a teenager that is interested in space. At the time of our visit the observatory was being used. They were concentrating on a sunspot which was very interesting. The crew allows you to go in and see...More
We were excited to visit the NSO (National Solar Observatory). The vista on the ascent to Sunspot from Cloudcroft was beautiful and overlooks en route overlooked White Sands where we actually observed a missile launch! Once at Sunspot, however, it was more than a little...More
Interesting side trip to a little known aspect of scientific research regarding the sun. Neat little museum full of information. Short walk around the various solar telescopes, a couple which you can go in while folks are at work. Talk the walk slow as you...More
An unusual visitor attraction, this, and well worth the visit, especially as the original observatories are still on site, so that you can follow the development of solar science over the years. There were several people working in the labs while we were there, but...More
Depending on where you are driving from, the national solar observatory is not the A list attraction that I would recommend as a destination point. However, as a peaceful mountain drive and combined with other stops, this out of the way museum may be exactly...More
If you enjoy science and would like to see the sun in ways you may otherwise not get to see, this is the place to go.The visitor center has many displays and visuals to see and use for experiments they have set up to teach...More