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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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A self guided tour that does not reveal much

We drove up to the observatory at 9,200 feet. It was chilly. Along the road were signs with the... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2015
John M
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nice Place

Visited in April 2012, my old account disappeared... Nice place to visit. The views from up there... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2015
Crockett, Virginia
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27 Aug 2018
“In transition but still interesting”
4 Sep 2018
“Must see!”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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
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Reviewed July 21, 2017

My husband and I went to the National Solar Observatory (Sunspot) on a Thursday. We drove up from Alamogordo early in the morning in hopes to see more wildlife. We were not disappeared. We saw elk along Sunspot scenic byway at 8:30 am (last week...More

3  Thank M J
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Reviewed April 16, 2015

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

Thank John M
Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Visited in April 2012, my old account disappeared... Nice place to visit. The views from up there are awesome! Nice ride from Alamogordo. The scenery is just amazing!

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Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

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

Thank ggreenggiant
Reviewed October 30, 2014

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

2  Thank dmarun
Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

Thank David W
Reviewed June 13, 2014

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

1  Thank Merz45
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

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

Thank LightPro
Reviewed May 13, 2014

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

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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!