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Partial Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015

PLEASE NOTE: NEVER EVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN.
If you have never viewed the Sun before PLEASE ask one of our members to show you how to do this safely and read the page on Solar Safety before attempting any kind of viewing of the Sun!

On Friday 20th March 2015 at 7.30am sharp, several determined CMHASD members set up their telescopes to view the partial solar eclipse, despite the skies being completely clouded out and it looking very unlikely they would actually see the eclipse :(

Members willed the weather the change and CMHASD member Karen's young daughter did a 'wind' dance for us, so that wind would push the clouds away....but alas it was not to be and no eclipse was seen.

Members however did see a slight darkening of the skies and all agreed there was an eerie feel, as if a huge storm was brewing as the eclipse maximum approached.

Despite not seeing the eclipse, members did have a jolly good time 'chillin' out on a Friday morning together, enjoying each others company and doing a bit of bird watching & bird hearing :-)

Below are a selection of photos taken of the day....
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Kevin - ready for action....
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Telescopes ready....
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Simon's light reflectance experiment.
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Kevin viewing the eclipse on the TV!!!!!!
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Kevin still not giving up......
Whilst waiting for the eclipse many CMHASD members did a spot of bird watching and hearing!
Below is a list of birds seen and heard by members at the Pavilion that day....

Seen
Kestrel
Flying Swan
Heron x 4
Crows 5+
Blackbird
House Sparrows
Mallard Ducks (Pair Male/Female)
Mistle Thrush (Pair Male/Female)
Canada Geese (Pair Male/Female)
Magpies
Greylag Geese
Ring necked parakeets

Heard
Chiffchaff
Green Woodpecker

CMHASD Trustee Honor Wheeler took some photos of the birds she spotted at the Pavilion and below are a selection of her photos.
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Canada Geese.
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Two Crows.
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A Mistle Thrush.
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A Kestrel (with midges)
Three CMHASD members stayed at the Pavilion until late afternoon as the Sun did eventually appear from behind the clouds and the members took the opportunity to some solar observing.

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Members Deborah & Jim.


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A glorious sunny afternoon at the pavilion

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Members Honor & Deborah.
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The Sun!!!!!! (& Kestrel)

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Image of the Sun on Honor's Mintron.
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Some nice Solar Prominences. (Take note Cox&O'Briain!)
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Honor's Solar Image of the day.

Three members of CMHASD Arthur Cockburn, Jean & Brian Felles and one former CMHASD member Natalie Wyles were lucky enough to see the partial Solar eclipse.

Arthur saw the eclipse in northern Spain....

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The partial eclipse - 20th March 2015 - taken by Arthur Cockburn in northern Spain.

Jean & Brian saw it in Bedfordshire and their photos are below all taken by Brian.
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Natalie saw it in Exmouth, Devon and managed to capture it on her phone's camera.
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Photo of the Partial Solar Eclipse taken by Natalie Wyles at 9.36am in Exmouth, Devon.

Reading University conducted an experiment on the weather during an eclipse, to try to verify if the 'eclipse cyclone' that had been reported in the past (but never confirmed) actually exists. They asked for schools and groups to take part and details of the experiment can be found by clicking here...

Information about this particular solar eclipse visible from the UK and how to observe it can be found here....
Observing Eclipses This is an excellent pdf booklet that you can download about the eclipse on the 20th March 2015. The booklet is written by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) with The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) and is endorsed by the British Astronomical Association (BAA).
UKHO Guide
NASA Eclipse Website
BAA



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