Resources: Solar Eclipse 2015

Resources and Activities to help plan for the Solar Eclipse of March 2015

On Friday 20th March, Northern Europe will encounter a solar eclipse, with a full eclipse in the region between northern Scotland and south of Iceland – The Faroe Islands should experience a full eclipse, whilst the UK will be able to observe a partial eclipse (weather and clouds permitting!!!)

We compiled a collection of facts for the event, which is freely downloadable from UKEdResources (click here to view), but there are many other fantastic resources and guides available for teachers and pupils in a bid to experience this phenomenon. Here are some which have been spotted by our community:

1. Solar Eclipse By the Numbers

As many schools are expected to open during the event, we created a ‘Solar Eclipse by the Numbers’ resource which looks at some of the most interesting facts and figures ready for Friday 20th March. The resource is also featured on the back cover of March 2015’s UKEdMagazine, and includes information about how long the eclipse will be viewable, distances between earth, the moon and the sun, and when the next viewable eclipse will be encountered in Europe. Click here to download this free resource via UKEdResources.

ScreenShot0102. The Royal Astronomical Society

A fantastic free PDF booklet from The Royal Astronomical Society has gathered a great collection of facts, information and ideas on how to safely view an eclipse – including an image showing how the partial eclipse should be seen from different locations within the United Kingdom (see image).  There is a great collection of ideas on how to safely view an eclipse, and we love the colander idea – let’s just hope that the weather is on our side on the day. Click here to view/download this free resource via The Royal Astonomical Society. This resource was spotted by Eylan Ezekiel on Twitter.


3. Video – How to observe the partial eclipse on 20 March 2015 by Dr Lucie Green (8 min) from Society for Popular Astronomy

How to observe the partial eclipse on 20 March 2015 by Dr Lucie Green (8 min) from Society for Popular Astronomy on Vimeo.

4. Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Extreme care needs to be taken when viewing a solar eclipse, but purchasing special glasses can be an option. These are specially made, and you should check for any damage on the glasses before use – checking for damage such as holes or scratches, as only undamaged filters are safe to use. They can be quite pricey, but the glasses (see image) are available from Amazon in packs of 5. Click here to view the Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses on Amazon UK.

We’re always on the lookout to expand this developing list, so if you spot any resources or activity ideas related to the solar eclipse 2015, please let us know via @UKEdChat on Twitter, or by the comments option below.

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