Mystery of the moon’s tilted orbit

I’m extremely grateful to the brilliant planetary scientist Kaveh Pahlevan, who shared some wonderful thoughts in this interview for EarthSky. “When a crime happens, investigative police quickly arrive on the scene and try to preserve the evidence. In the case of the moon’s origin, there was a violent event, but there were no witnesses, andContinue reading “Mystery of the moon’s tilted orbit”

“A need to know and increased motivation to learn”

“For cranking motivation levels up to eleven, nothing says ‘teachable moment’ like a solar eclipse…” Sky & Telescope magazine has an article about our science outreach project in Angola :) http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/stargazers-corner/a-teachable-moment-when-the-moons-shadow-came-to-angola/

A perfect week in Angola. Except one thing…

Obrigado Huambo! Our Global Communication and Science project to mark the February 26th annular eclipse in the city of Huambo was a huge success – despite the fact that, just before the eclipse started, a thunderstorm descended upon the central highlands of Angola and blocked our view of events in the sky… When the moon’sContinue reading “A perfect week in Angola. Except one thing…”

Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show

Mail & Guardian Africa has published a piece about next weekend’s African eclipse, and our Angolan “Global Communication and Science” project. Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show Graham Jones | Mail & Guardian Africa | 17 February 2017 Six months after Africa played host to a spectacular eclipse of the sun, itContinue reading “Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show”

Classroom activity for Angolan schools

Solar eclipses are teachable moments! We’ve created a 45-minute classroom activity for school teachers in Angola, which can be downloaded below as a PDF in English or Portuguese. It’s part of our Global Communication and Science project to mark the Angolan solar eclipse on February 26th: we’re running a public workshop/seminar at the Instituto SuperiorContinue reading “Classroom activity for Angolan schools”

NCR Angola supports solar eclipse project

We are tremendously grateful to NCR Angola, the leader in Angola’s information-technology sector, who are sponsoring solar eclipse glasses to give away to members of the community in Huambo later this month. On February 26th the city of Huambo, in Angola’s central highlands, will experience an annular solar eclipse, where the sun forms a ‘ringContinue reading “NCR Angola supports solar eclipse project”

timeanddate.com to sponsor Angolan eclipse project

Our next Global Communication and Science project will be taking place in Angola. We’ll be in Huambo, Angola’s second city, where there will be an annular solar eclipse on February 26th 2017. Above: the path of annularity across Angola on February 26th. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away toContinue reading “timeanddate.com to sponsor Angolan eclipse project”

Images from nature: the crescent sun

Great picture from Eriky Haritsaratiaray taken during the partial phase of this month’s annular solar eclipse across central and eastern Africa. The leaves on a tree are forming natural ‘pinhole projectors’ and producing images of the crescent sun on the ground… Eriky is a student at the University of Mahajanga in Madagascar, and he’s doneContinue reading “Images from nature: the crescent sun”

Six days to go…

… until the African annular eclipse of September 1st 2016. Image: Thephatphilmz, via Wikimedia Commons Our multi-talented team of students at the University of Mahajanga in Madagascar will be doing a show about the eclipse for RUM (Radio UniversitĂ© de Mahajanga) on August 31st. (For anyone in the local area: the show starts at 3pmContinue reading “Six days to go…”

Ring of fire: Africa awaits September 1st annular eclipse

A piece I wrote for Mail & Guardian Africa about next month’s solar eclipse. Ring of fire: Africa awaits September 1st annular eclipse Graham Jones | Mail & Guardian Africa | 5 August 2016 From the coral reefs of the Red Sea to the flooded plains of the Okavango Delta, Africa is home to someContinue reading “Ring of fire: Africa awaits September 1st annular eclipse”