Partial Solar Eclipse – what your class can learn on 20th March

We will get the chance to see a near-total solar eclipse on the morning of March 20, 2015 The Moon will move in front of the Sun, casting a giant shadow across space.  From Ireland we won’t be in the darkest part of the shadow, so will see a partial eclipse. In Ireland, this starts shortly after 08:20 hrs, low in the east. At approx. 09:25 hrs 90% + of the Sun will be covered. The eclipse will end about 10:40. Timings in different parts of Ireland are within a few minutes of these times.

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses don’t happen very often, so here are a few pointers to make the most of the occasion.  The science behind eclipses is explained at this European Space Agency (ESA) Kids website. The School of Physics in Trinity College www.eclipse2015.ieprovides loads of information which you may find useful including how to make a basic pinhole projector.