October 1st, 2016

Bromsgrove captures the solar eclipse

Updated: 10:50 am, May 07, 2015

RESIDENTS across Bromsgrove and Droitwich witnessed the first eclipse in more than 15 years last Friday (March 20).

And Standard readers have been sending in their pictures of the moment the moon covered the sun.

The solar eclipse, which took place around 9.30am, can only happen at new moon, when the moon directly blocks sight of the sun from certain places in the world. It can take place up to five times a year.

Among those sending in photographs were students from Bromsgrove School, North Bromsgrove High School and Bournville College in Longbridge.

At Bromsgrove Shcool, GCSE Astronomy students were able to use the event in their observational coursework, logging the progress as the moon covered the sun.

Some used a special solar scope to safely view the eclipse, while others donned their solar glasses and took photographs from behind the lenses.

A live screening of the eclipse from the BBC Stargazing team was streamed into the school’s Routh Hall, allowing the whole school to witness the awe-inspiring moment.

Rachel Green, head of science at the school, said: “Not only is this a rare event, but a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our place in the Universe.

“There is already talk of what to do for the next eclipse here in 2026.”

Reader Juliette Porter sent this eerie picture of the eclipse. s

This picture was taken by students from North Bromsgrove High School. s

A picture taken by Bournville College students. s

Bromsgrove School students used solar glasses to view the eclipse. s

Bournville College students also viewed the eclipse. s

A photograph of the solar eclipse by Bromsgrove School pupil Luke Michell. s

Bromsgrove School pupils using the solar scope, a special telescope to view the sun. s

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