Students nab VIP eclipse
LOCAL students will have VIP front row seats to the total solar eclipse on November 14.
With the region being in a total eclipse hot spot, the moon will pass between Earth and the Sun, totally obscuring the image of the sun for viewers.
This kind of event is extremely rare with the last total solar eclipse in Cairns was in 710AD and the next will not be until April 2237.
State schools will be leading the way in explaining the science of this natural phenomenon with science curriculum developed to include opportunities to model and apply scientific and mathematic principles to this astronomical event.
As well as the November eclipse, this year will also see the June 6 “transit of Venus” across the sun, which takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth and will not happen again until December 2117.
Mossman State School teacher Kath Williams attended the recent training sessions held in Cairns on and is eager to get the kids involved.
“We are all extremely excited about the once in a life time ’Transit of Venus’ in June and the complete Solar Eclipse on November 14,” she said.
“We are getting the kids out looking through telescopes and using astronomy smart phone applications to better understand the movement of the planets and they are getting excited.
“I received a lot of great information from this training and hoping it will inspire the kids.”