Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015

SpaceSoc at the University of Kent is organizing events associated with the eclipse on Friday March 20. Between 8:15 and 10:45 in the morning there will be viewing apparatus (eclipse viewers), information and guided commentary provided by professional astronomers and the Outreach Team from the School of Physical Sciences. The event will take place at the site of the University Observatories located just behind Parkwood at Hothe Court (park at Woodys, follow signs or guides).

In the evening, Stargazing Live will take place at the same site from 6:30 in the evening. Assuming clear skies, the main objects in the sky including Venus, Jupiter, Orion, Cassiopeia and Polaris will be pointed out, and the moons of Jupiter and the galaxy Andromeda seen through the SpaceSoc telescope. The site of the University¹s exciting new Beacon Observatory can also be inspected. All are welcome to both events, no charge. Note that the maximum eclipse of 86% will occur in Canterbury at 9:31 in the morning.

Now, fingers crossed for clear skies!

SpaceSoc and CAPS


Further Information: Michael Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01227-827654
Chris Wheadon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Space Soc Telescope Officer/Rocket Officer

LOCATION: The Observatories are opposite Hothe Court:
Park Wood University of Kent Canterbury CT2 9DU (go to end of Parkwood and turn left down the Crab & Winkle).

Latitude : 51.302° N
Longitude: 1.0425° E
Partial Solar Eclipse
Magnitude: 0.858 (of sun's diameter)
Obscuration: 83.15% (of area)
            Event         Date     Time (UT)     Altitude     Azimuth
Start of partial eclipse (C1) : 2015/03/20   08:25:22.3     21.1° 119.2°
Maximum eclipse :                2015/03/20    09:31:46.2     29.4° 135.2°
End of partial eclipse (C4) :   2015/03/20   10:42:05.7     35.7° 154.7°

Contact: Michael D. Smith , acting BIFF Coordinator
Ingram Building
Room 101
Telephone: 01227 827654 or 07943721111
Email: M.D.Smith (