- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina State Museum is holding a special day of solar observations to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Astronomy educator Larry Metcalf is using an array of telescopes to help visitors view solar features such as sun spots and solar flares.

Monday’s winter solstice marks the first day of the winter season. It also marks the day with the shortest amount of sunlight in the year.

The museum’s Boeing Observatory features a 12-inch Alvan Clark refracting telescope which allows people to view the sun safely with special equipment.

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