News and events

20 Apr 2015

Capturing solar eclipse

Staff and students from the Department of Physics gathered at its Observatory on Friday 20 March to capture the solar eclipse.

Second year Physics with Cosmology students in particular arrived early that morning to set up the telescopes to record the moon passing in front of the sun. The telescopes had solar reducing filter attached to the end. Luckily the clear skies enabled them to capture the breathtaking images which will be used to complete their coursework.

As well as using the telescopes, other homemade devices were also used to view the eclipse as it took place – including binoculars make out of paper rolls and a tambourine shape both with solar reducing filter attached, which allow you to directly look at the sun safely.

image of the 2015 solar eclipse

image of the 2015 solar eclipse

students outside the observatory