John Willcock students enchanted by eclipse

Posted on: Friday, 18 March 2016 at 10:08:46 AM

A partial solar eclipse is a good reason to get to school early.

Recently John Willcock College students took the opportunity to participate in some hands on astronomy and safely look at a partial solar eclipse.
 
The eclipse was at its peak at 8:24 in the morning on the 9th of March.  But don’t be surprised if you missed it because in Geraldton only a faction of the suns surface was blocked by the moon. This means there was no noticeable reduction in light and the only way to see the effect was to look directly at the sun using special solar observation glasses.
 
John Willcock College Science teacher Hollie Roberts said the eclipse was timed perfectly for a pancake breakfast.
 
“We purchased fifty pairs of glasses so the students could safely look at the eclipse.”
 
“It really is timed perfectly for us as the year sevens will be covering eclipses in class later this year,” she said.
 
The next solar eclipse will be on the 21 of August 2017 at 2:21am so consequently won’t be visible in Geraldton. 
 
There is another partial eclipse on the 1st of September 2016 that may be visible just as the sunsets (5.58pm) but will be right on the horizon and only visible for a couple of minutes. The next significant partial eclipse visible in Geraldton will be boxing day 2019.

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