Stu­dents nab VIP eclipse

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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