Solar Eclipse – A view from Brussels

Three days before the partial eclipse and the weather around Brussels was fabulous. Cold and frosty in the morning but then bright sunshine. 24 hours before the eclipse and it’s thick cloud and zero visibility. The actual day of the eclipse and it was just as bad, but undeterred we set up tables with our pin hole cameras and held our breath for a gap in the clouds! Whilst we were waiting to see anything we had the live stream from the BBC website in the prep room and it seemed that the Faroe Islands were having similar problems to us.

Then it appeared! Faintly at first but enough to get a good view and snap a few pictures. I’m quite pleased with some of the images and they where captured by my Galaxy S4. I even prefer this to a normal camera these days as the picture quality is great for day to day things.

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We had set up desks with pin hole cameras and binoculars so that as many students as possible could take part as can be seen in BSB’s official photos. It did become noticeably colder and darker but then again it wasn’t the best day for seeing the sun!

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Meanwhile back in my home town of Liverpool there were some fantastic shots appearing as they had a lot less clouds! This was my favourite picture of the day.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/solar-eclipse-dazzles-liverpool-merseyside-8882832

All over social media there have been some great stories and pictures of such a rare occurrence and it’s great to see Science and Nature so prominent in the public eye. And that’s it for us for a while. Check out when the next one is appearing near you next!

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list-solar.html

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