Transit of Mercury

On Monday 9th May, a Transit of Mercury occurred, when mercury passed between the Earth and the sun.  We were lucky enough to have a visit from Mark Hiller from Edenbridge & District Astronomers, who brought in his solar telescope.  Whilst the transit didn't start until 12.15, some year 7, 9 and 12 students were able to view the sun, some sun spots and flares beforehand in their science lessons. During the transit, the weather teased us, with clouds covering the sun for some of the time, but between 50-100 students (and some teachers too) managed to catch a glimpse between P4, lunch time and P5.  For those that did, the most common reaction was "Wow!" and "That's really cool!".

A big thank you to Mark for giving up his time and passing on his knowledge - a truly unique experience for all those involved.