NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Students at the Fulton Science Academy private school were looking up at the sun on Thursday, Sept. 19. Luckily, the students had just been handed a pair of free solar glasses so they could view the sun directly. Stephen Ramsden, founder of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, brought not only his solar telescopes and equipment to the school, but his vast knowledge of the sun.
Students viewed the sun through three different eyepieces, each giving a different perspective on the sun. There were also additional telescopes hooked up to computers so that students could get a better view of the sun in real time.
Clear skies and an active sun provided incredible opportunities to view sunspots, solar prominences and solar flares. Many students were amazed to actually see things they had learned about in sixth-grade earth science.
Ramsden provided perspective on the distance from the sun to the Earth and nuclear fusion. He also discussed with students the importance of studying math and science. To view time lapse images and solar images taken that day, go to www.solarastonomy.org.