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20 March, 2015 0 Comments

eclipse7There was a very good turnout this morning for Abingdon Astronomical Society’s assisted viewing of the partial solar eclipse in the Abbey Meadows.

eclipse3Overcast skies threatened to put the dampers on the event but the clouds thinned out and even a little bit of blue came our way.

The crowd swelled as the 9.30am maximum coverage approached and the Society ran out of the safety spectacles they had been lending out. This didn’t seem to dampen spirits and the glasses were happily shared.

eclipse2The Society had brought along a range of telescopes including a fitted with one metalised glass filter that reduced the intensity of the sun’s rays by one hundred thousand and a portable solar projection device for people to get a better or different view of the eclipse.

Lots of press were in attendance, including a film crew from ITV, BBC Radio Oxford, the Oxfordshire Guardian and the Abingdon Blog

The Oxfordshire Guardian have produced an excellent video of the occasion.

You can an ITV Meridian news report on the event here.

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