Stu­dents get chance to see so­lar eclipse

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

A rel­a­tively rare so­lar eclipse was vis­i­ble over Pil­bara skies last week and stu­dents at a Kar­ratha pri­mary school made sure not to miss it.

So­lar eclipses oc­cur when the moon passes be­tween the earth and sun, block­ing out the sun. Though to­tal so­lar eclipses hap­pen on av­er­age once or twice a year world­wide, they can only be viewed from cer­tain places on earth and last mere min­utes.

On Wed­nes­day, March 9 there was a so­lar eclipse that was to­tal over In­done­sia and is­lands in the cen­tral Pa­cific and par­tial in north­ern Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Kar­ratha.

St Paul’s Pri­mary School in Kar­ratha ran a num­ber of class ac­tiv­i­ties to make the most of the event.

Sci­ence teacher Ja­cob Windle said they learnt what hap­pens in an eclipse us­ing a model rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a world globe and a ten­nis ball and made spe­cial glasses and pin­hole eclipse view­ers to safely view the sun.

They also set up a view­ing sta­tion at the school for stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers alike to watch the rare phe­nom­e­non from.

Mr Windle said St Paul’s stu­dents will have some time to wait be­fore they get to see an­other par­tial so­lar eclipse in Kar­ratha, which will not oc­cur un­til De­cem­ber 26, 2019.

He said the next ma­jor eclipse Pil­bara res­i­dents can look for­ward to is the to­tal lu­nar eclipse on Jan­uary 31-Fe­bru­ary 1 2018.

Pic­ture: Ja­cob Windle

St Paul’s Pri­mary School stu­dents watch the par­tial so­lar eclipse last week.

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