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Transit of Mercury

Yesterday we welcomed parent Camille Astier with her telescope, equipped with special filters to look at the sun, to view the Transit of Mercury. This rare astronomical event occurs when Mercury and Earth’s orbits align, so that Mercury is seen as a black dot passing across the sun.

Students of all ages enjoyed using the telescope and “eclipse glasses” to safely look at the sun during the lunch break. Year 5 and 6 practised astronomical calculations with Siv and Mark in their maths lessons.

It is a very rare opportunity: the next occurrence will not be until 2019.

A comprehensive article about the Transit of Mercury can be found on the Daily Telegraph website at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/05/transit-of-mercury-what-time-does-the-planet-pass-in-front-of-su/