The last five thousand years of human history has seen us through nearly twelve thousand solar eclipses. The syzygy of the Moon and the Sun is therefore not new to us. It was, however, the first time Hwa Chong gathered, on Wednesday morning, to witness the latest annular eclipse.
Students and teachers gather in eager anticipation of the eclipse. Photo Credit: See Ming Jie (15S7D).
Within a tight one week schedule, the Astronomy Club managed to organize a school-wide solar eclipse-viewing event comprising over four thousand staff members and students. They also hoped that more students would be able, through this viewing to learn and appreciate more about the mysteries and marvelous phenomena of space intertwined with both Astronomy and Physics.
A beautiful shot of the sky during the eclipse. Photo Credit: Wang Yikun (4B1)
The President of the Astronomy Club, Pan Ruoxi (15S7D), added that the Astronomy Club aims to host more of such events for the student population, in anticipation of the full solar eclipse in 2019. To achieve this, they have planned a series of activities to engage the student population, including the upcoming Night Under the Stars, and the Astro Retreat in June, where students will be able to observe the stars under clearer skies in Malaysia.
Another beautiful shot of the sky. Photo Credit: Ng Zhia Yang (15S6J)
The Astronomy Club would like to thank the school administration for allowing them to organise the Solar Eclipse viewing, as well as the school population for the positive feedback and great enthusiasm during the event.
Written by: Eleanor Loh Kei Ying (16S7C) and Owen Cho Kok Quan (16A11)