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Public and Technical Education

Public and technical education is also a priority at Heliophysics.com, We built the East Point Solar Observatory (EPSO) in Nahant in 1995 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and operate it for research and public education purposes. EPSO is open by appointment to the public for viewing of the Sun by day and the Moon and planets at night.

EPSO has been the focus of a NASA – sponsored astronomy summer school for youngsters aged 9-14. Instruction was provided by science teachers from nearby Swampscott Middle and High Schools.

We have also established an annual award for the two undergraduates achieving highest grades in science and in mathematics at Wheelock College, Boston. Wheelock is a small but internationally known institution that focuses on training of teachers in early elementary grades. These achievement prizes have been awarded since the mid- 1990’s.

East Point Solar Observatory

East Point Solar Observatory is located in Nahant on a site provided by the Marine Sciences Center of Northeastern University.

It  contains a fine Zeiss coude refractor of 15 cm aperture and 225 cm focal length, built in Jena, Germany in 1978.

This coude design provides a fixed eyepiece position wherever the telescope is pointed, which is convenient for public viewing and for attachment of heavy detectors or other auxiliary instruments for research.

The telescope is housed in a 3-m diameter motorized Observa – Dome provided by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

East Point

East Point Telescope

The telescope is used on a frequent basis, weather permitting, to view sunspots and other solar magnetic structures.

EPSO is open to the public by appointment at pvfoukal@comcast.net It is also open during the annual Marine Laboratory Open House in September.

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