Students get chance to see solar eclipse
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.
St Paul’s Primary School students watch the partial solar eclipse last week.