For work, this morning, I had the opportunity to go along to Solar Eclipse 15 at Trinity College Dublin. First things first – proper safety-wear was required.
Even though the sky was blanketed and full of white and grey clouds for most of the morning, a crowd of well over a thousand gathered and remained in good form.
There were plenty of experts walking the ground happy to answer any questions the public might have on this rare celestial occurrence – “No the world is not ending!!”. One expert I chatted to was Professor Shane Bergin – he was full of knowledge and enthusiasm for his field of work.
If this recent solar eclipse has renewed or ignited an interest in the area of science you should check out Dart of Physics website for exciting upcoming events throughout Dublin later this year.
Dart of Physics Badge – Photo Credit: Eleanor Mannion
Also available to the viewing public were TCD Department of Physics’ powerful telescopes.
When it all seemed to be over and the grey dense cloud showed no sign of being burnt off by the sun; it happened! Yes it was only 10 seconds worth of a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse, at approx 9.15am, but it was the perfect reward to all those who had gathered since 7am that morning. If you want to hear what that sounded like check out my radio report here.