Welham Boys' School

NewsTelecast of the Annular Solar Eclipse 21-06-2020

The School organized the live telecast of the ‘Annular Solar Eclipse’ on the 21st June, 2020. The Aryabhatta Astronomy Club of the School which was passionately initiated by Welham Boys’ students, shared the live telecast of the Solar Eclipse from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm through Microsoft Teams. The club used an 8- inch Celestron Telescope to capture the celestial spectacle.

During a solar eclipse the Sun, Moon and Earth are in a straight line and the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, due to which the rays of the sun are blocked from reaching the Earth. There are three kinds of solar eclipses: Total, Partial and Annular. This type of annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is at the farthest point in its orbit and moves between the Earth and the Sun. Because the Moon is not big enough to totally block the Sun, its outer rim remains visible. 

The annular solar eclipse was fully visible at Welham Boys’ School. This was a rare and spectacular event that was only experienced along a relatively narrow strip on the Earth's surface. People in China, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, India and Pakistan were able to see the eclipse. The annular Solar Eclipse passed right over the Welham Boys’ School campus. The centerline of the eclipse path was less than 8 km from the School grounds. The last time a solar eclipse was seen where  the Welham Boys’ campus is located now, was on 17th July 1814. The next chance of a total or annular Solar Eclipse passing over Welham would be on 9th June 2309.

The Principal, Ms. Sangeeta Kain introduced the live telecast event and encouraged students to watch the spectacular event live. Mr. Mahesh Kandpal, the Vice Principal, discussed the concept of eclipses. Mr. Rajesh Keshav, Teacher-In-Charge of the Astronomy Club explained the various facts of the Annular Solar Eclipse in detail.

The day ended in the realization of the beauty of this celestial event, and learning for all.





 



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Welham Boys’ School started life as Welham Preparatory School way back in 1937, when Ms. Oliphant invested her humble capital and started the School in a rented building, which she called White House. Later, she rented another building Bethany that today is our dining hall. Welham Boys’ School started life as Welham Preparatory School way back in 1937, when Ms. Oliphant invested her humble capital and started the School in a rented building, which she called White House. Later, she rented another building Bethany that today is our dining hall. Welham Boys’ School started life as Welham Preparatory School way back in 1937, when Ms. Oliphant invested her humble capital and started the School in a rented building, which she called White House. Later, she rented another building Bethany that today is our dining hall.