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UW Art Museum to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

June 14, 2011
Man and child using telescope
Astronomer Ray Martin shows a museum visitor how to safely view the sun through his solar telescope at last year's summer solstice celebration. (UW Art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its  annual summer solstice celebration from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, Tuesday, June 21.

This free event celebrates the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year at exactly noon on the summer soltice, the sun shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the silver dollar that is set into the center of the gallery's floor.

Visitors may also view the sun's surface through astronomer Ray Martin's filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace.

 Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

For additional information about the UW Art Museum call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's webpage at  or blog at

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