Free Admission Solar Sunday at the County
The San Bernardino County Museum will be open on Sunday, August
1, with free admission sponsored by the San Bernardino County
Museum Association. Special “out of this world” programs
will focus on astronomy.
Live solar viewing is scheduled between 1 and 2 p.m. with Chris
Clarke and the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers. Because
it is not safe to look directly at the sun, visitors will be able
to see flares and sunspots on the surface of the sun through live
video feed. Although it is impossible to predict what the sun
will be doing, giant Sunspot 652 has been a potent source of solar
activity in recent days.
At 2:30 p.m. a NASA/JPL ambassador will present an illustrated
program to bring visitors up to date with the latest information
from the Saturn Cassini mission. The satellite has successfully
passed through the rings of Saturn and is now in orbit around
the huge planet, sending back unprecedented images of Saturn and
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum Youth Club invites visitors to
get involved with astronomy with a variety of hands-on activities
designed for families with children between 3 and 12 years of
age. There is a $1.00 materials fee per person.
While at the museum, visitors can see special exhibits including
“Native American Traditions: Hopi Katsinas,” sponsored
in part by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and “Worth
a Thousand Words,” images from the Sun-Telegram and Redlands
Daily Facts newspaper negative collections.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit
from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through
Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free, and the facility
is handicapped-accessible. The museum’s Garden Café
will be open for lunch and snacks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For
more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.