School pupils and staff came out in force this morning to witness the partial
solar eclipse over the Midlands. This is the first time many of our students
will have been part of such a spectacle, with the last full eclipse taking
place in 1999.
Astronomy students gained a rare opportunity to undertake a piece of
observational coursework, logging the progress of the eclipse. At maximum
coverage, there was a noticeable drop in light and temperature; a reminder of
the immense power of the sun.
a special solar scope, the students were able to safely view the eclipse, which
occurred in Bromsgrove just after 9.30am. Many pupils donned their solar
glasses, taking remarkable photographs from behind the lenses.
Pupils using the solar scope, a special telescope
enabling users to view the sun
well as the activities taking place outside, a live screening of the eclipse
from the BBC Stargazing team was streamed into the School’s Routh Hall,
allowing the whole school to witness the awe inspiring moment of totality in
the Faroe Islands.
Green, Head of Science at Bromsgrove School says “Not only is this a rare
event, but a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our place in the Universe. For
students to consider that it is the work of others across the ages that enabled
us to know precisely when this event was coming, from the minute of first
contact to the moment the moon moved from the Sun’s disc, is testament to what
humans can achieve when they work side by side. It is a lesson for all of us.
There is already talk of what to do for the next eclipse here in 2026.”
A photograph of the solar eclipse by Senior School
pupil Luke Michell