The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences this weekend will celebrate the sun during International SUNday.
It's 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. Admission is free.
During the afternoon, participants can safely view the sun through solar telescopes, hear about unusual space weather and current solar research, and learn about the total solar eclipse happening in August. International SUNday is held annually on the Sunday nearest to the summer solstice, according to a museum press release.
From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., (weather permitting), visitors can safely look at the sun through the museum’s special “Hydrogen-Alpha” telescope, which highlights fascinating surface features and solar storms. It's on the Rooftop Terrace of the Nature Research Center. Talks also are scheduled throughout the day.