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Spring Equinox Sunrise Viewing at Sunwheel

Event Details

March 20, 2018
6:45 am


UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Donations welcome.

View the sunrise associated with the spring equinox among the standing stones of the Sunwheel.

Astronomer Stephen Schneider will discuss the astronomical cause of the sun’s changing position. He will explain the seasonal positions of the sun, moon, and Earth, and answer questions about astronomy. If the skies are clear during the evening session, he will set up a telescope to observe the crescent moon as well as Venus and Mercury after sunset. A solar telescope will also be set up to safely observe the sun before sunset.


The UMass Amherst Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity St.) about one-quarter mile south of University Drive.

Event Category

Lecture/Talk/Panel Astronomy