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Solar Eclipse

March 20th, 2015

On 20th March at 09.30 am, OSH students and staff gathered to witness a breathtaking solar eclipse.

Mr Jeff Askins, Teacher of Physics said, “It is quite amazing that the distance between the Earth and the Sun, and the distance between the Earth and the Moon are exactly right so that the moon will block out the sun perfectly.”

Here in the Midlands, we were treated to the best solar eclipse in 15 years, with the moon obscuring the sun by up to 97%.   A total solar eclipse was visible from the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard Islands, east of Greenland.  It was through the observation of such a phenomenon that Einstein’s theory of general relativity was proven in 1919.

There will not be a similar eclipse over Britain again until 2090.