Solar Eclipse

By March 19, 2015School News

SOLAR ECLIPSE

How to Observe an Eclipse Safely

I’m sure many of you will be aware through the media reports that tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2015, the whole of the UK will be treated to a partial eclipse of the Sun. These are quite rare, and this one will be a major event that morning. The moon will pass right in front of the Sun, blotting out up to 90% of its disc. The Sun will look like a crescent instead of a disc, and there will be various other things to look out for.

However, unless you are prepared with the relevant materials to observe the Sun safely, it is extremely dangerous to just go outside and look up. The Sun is so bright that just looking at it can blind you; ways to safely observe the eclipse are:
• through eclipse viewing glasses
• pinhole viewers
• telescopes or binoculars used with the correct guidance

Further details can be found by visiting the following link:
http://bsjs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/solar_eclipse_leaflet.pdf

Whilst the expected time of the eclipse is during normal school hours in the morning (possibly around 9:30am -10:00am, timings are not exact) and we will take every precaution to ensure children are not subjected to the Sun, can we please ask that parents/carers remind their children about the dangers of looking directly at the Sun. We know that this is an opportunity to see an amazing sight, but the health and safety of all our children, parents, carers and staff is first and foremost.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and understanding.