Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

At around 9.30am on March 20th 2015, students and tutors put down their pens and books and stepped outside to view a full solar eclipse.

The last solar eclipse visible in the UK was in 1999 and the next one will be in 2090, this means that we were lucky to not only have a partial eclipse this year that was visible in Birmingham, but it also fell on a school day! What better way to get our students involved in science.

Staring at the sun is very dangerous, and even with the best sunglasses you were never going to see much anyway, so the proper equipment was needed to get a good look at what was happening. The Year 10 students produced their own pinhole projectors, with which to safely view the eclipse, from materials readily found around the house, before heading outside to see Physics in action.

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