Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to view the transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun on Monday 11th November. This will be the last chance to see this astronomical event until 2032. Planetary transits were observed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to determine the size of the solar system.
A telescope with safe viewing on a laptop will be set up on the grass between the upper school and sports centre carpark (inside the fence). Students and staff are invited to come along at lunchtime and after-school to see this event first-hand.
Year 9 tutors – please encourage those who have signed up for GCSE Astronomy to come as studying the historical significance of transits such as these form part of the syllabus so this is their last chance to see one in person until they are 27 years old!
Here’s hoping for clear skies.