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National Solar Observatory Sunspot

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National Solar Observatory
3010 Coronal Loop
Sunspot
NM
88349
Tel: (575) 434-7000

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The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak welcomes visitors during the daytime. The Observatory is open to the public between dawn and dusk. To find out how to get here, read the road directions. Visitors are free to wander around most areas of the Observatory on their own. On-site visitors may want to take one of the on-site self guided tour. Electronic visitors may be interested in the Virtual Tour. The weather at Sunspot is generally between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 10 degrees Celsius) cooler than in the Tularosa Basin, so be prepared. During the summer monsoon season there is a chance of rain in the afternoon. The winter months bring snow. Public restrooms, educational exhibits, and a gift shop are located in the Visitors Center, which is open most days of the year from 10 am until 4 pm, with extended hours during the summer. Sunspot lies on Forest Service land and has no gas station or stores, though it does sport a post office (zip code 88349) which is closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays. The Observatory lies at an altitude of 9200 ft (2800 m) and has an altitude difference of about 150 ft (50 m) between its lowest and highest points (though the basic telescope tour spans only about 50 ft/15 m altitude difference), so visitors from lower altitudes may experience shortness of breath and are advised to walk slowly. Special arrangements can be made for visitors who experience problems in walking to the telescopes.
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    Interesting science surrounded by an Alpine forest. Take the 2pm guided tour.

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    This agency feels that they are above the people. It receives funding from the federal government, yet it refuses to give details to the public as to its expenditures. Clearly, this is a politicians friend, that's right this group greases the pockets of politicians and in return receives fat allotments of public money to squander. The people here will till you straight out that they are not responsible to anybody but themselves.

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