What is the Brightest Star in the Sky?
For September's Astronomy Day, the South Bay Astronomical Society of California attended a local farmers market with four solar telescopes.
(Credit: Joe Fierstein)

Whether astronomers bring their telescopes, a banner, or just their sunglasses, they have a lot of great information about the Sun to share. Hear how these astronomers turn a sunny day into a great chance to learn about what you can find just by looking up. (Of course, never look directly at the Sun, as it may damage your eyes!)

Pete Peterson of the Astronomical Society of Southern New England in Rhode Island shared an article about their Fun in the Sun Day, excerpted from www.southcoasttoday.com: "'Wow, you can see space up there,' said one of the fascinated youngsters hovering around the telescope area. Mark Gibson adjusted a special telescope to let the crowd peer at the sun's flaring eruptions."

The Night Sky Network provides resources to motivated astronomy clubs to help them illustrate their presentations. Joan Chamberlin of Maine's Astronomical Society of Northern New England tells us about how engaging the Solar Banner was in a presentation at a 4H Club: "The little girl said that she 'never knew that the Sun had freckles,' referring I guess to the granulation on the Sun. I really enjoyed watching this girl, who was about 7 years old, as she put Jupiter up to the sun and tried to count how many times it would go across it. It was fun to see both her and the presenter so engrossed in the presentation. It was interesting to see how Brother Albert and the girl worked together and to listen to some of the girl's responses."

And do you know that you can sometimes see more than just the Sun in the daytime sky? Grace Wyatt of the Harford County Astronomical Society in Maryland tells us about what they could see at Swanfest: "Today we were also able to look at the moon and Venus in the middle of the day. Since it is very difficult sometimes for small children to look through the telescope, we used the eclipse glasses so they could also look at the Sun."

Find out more about the wonders of daytime astronomy. To find an astronomy club near you, click here.