Image: Jordan Lye Photography
Our programme uses solar eclipses to connect students from different countries and different disciplines, and help them think more deeply about language, science and working across borders.
There are three reasons why we use solar eclipses as our theme:
- They provide unique teachable moments
- They are powerful shared experiences
- They are truly global events.
We organise on-site workshops, seminars and other educational events. We also run online activities such as SkypeRead, a cross-border teambuilding activity where students from different countries do a read-through of a movie script.
This is the live Slooh broadcast from our Angola 2017 project:
And here’s a video from our Indonesia 2016 project:
This is a demonstration of an amazing mathematical coincidence that makes solar eclipses so special:
And this is me talking about Global Communication and Science on the TokyoReal show (the eclipse discussion starts at 32:26):
These are some recent media articles about the programme:
- “Lights All Askew”: How a Solar Eclipse Made Einstein Famous
- A Teachable Moment: When the Moon’s Shadow Came to Angola
- Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show
- Ring of fire: Africa awaits September 1st annular eclipse
- Beauty and Ingenuity: Countdown to March 9 Eclipse
- ‘Completely Off the Charts’: Indonesia Prepares for March 9 Eclipse
And here are some more images and videos from some of our recent projects:
Recent and forthcoming eclipses
In a total eclipse, the moon covers the whole of the sun, and the solar corona (the sun’s upper atmosphere) becomes visible. In an annular eclipse, the moon is further away from the earth and cannot cover the sun completely – the result is a ‘ring of fire’ around the moon. (The word ‘annular’ comes from the French annulaire, which means ring-shaped.)
The total and annular phases of an eclipse can only be seen along a very narrow path, which is marked by two blue lines (the northern and southern path limits) in the following interactive NASA maps.
- March 9th 2016 – TOTAL – Indonesia
- September 1st 2016 – ANNULAR – central and eastern Africa
- February 26th 2017 – ANNULAR – southern South America and central Africa
- August 21st 2017 – TOTAL – USA
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE
NEVER look at the sun with the naked eye. Even if the sun is 99% covered by the moon, the remaining sunlight is extremely bright and can cause permanent damage to the eye. (The only time it is safe to view an eclipse with the naked eye is during the few short minutes or seconds of totality during a total eclipse.)