20th March 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse viewing at Dunsink Observatory
There will be a partial solar eclipse on the morning of 20th March 2015 with its maximum at 9:29 GMT when the sun will be 90% covered by the moon.
Even if it is cloudy it will be noticeably darker than normal – See here for more information.
Assuming clear skies, Dunsink Observatory will be streaming an image of the eclipse on the web and will have limited viewing opportunities on site. This will be taking place from 8:30am to 10:30am and no booking is required.
To coincide with this event, Dr Colm Coughlan an astronomer at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies will give a talk entitled “What has the sun ever done for us?“. The talk will begin at 7:45 am and will be of approximately 30 minutes duration with questions and answers. Places are limited for this talk and booking is available here.
This event is free with free parking on site.
WARNING – Never ever try to look directly at the sun – this is extremely dangerous and can cause permanent damage to your eyes without warning and almost instantaneously. By far the safest method is to project an image on to a screen though a pinhole or a small telescope, see e.g.
Sun glasses are no protection!
The TCD solar physics site eclipse2015.ie has details of other events around Ireland.