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Astronomer to join pupils at Sibford School as they view the eclipse

20 March 2015

Astronomer Dr Johanna Jarvis will be visiting Sibford School Friday 20 March 2015 as pupils prepare to view the partial eclipse of the sun.

Johanna, who is an associate lecture for the Open University, will talk about what happens during an eclipse and tell pupils how it can be safely observed. The talk, which is being sponsored as part of Sibford’s involvement with the Ogden Trust, is also being broadcast to other schools within the Ogden Partnership via SKYPE link. Immediately following the talk Sibford pupils will go outside where, weather permitting, they will be able to view the eclipse.
Cath Harding, head of science at Sibford School said: “An eclipse of this magnitude in the UK is very rare,the last time we experienced anything similar was in 1999. We are delighted that Johanna is able to join us to explain fully what will be happening.”
Following the eclipse Johanna will be conducting a drop-in session to answer student questions.
Johanna’s interest in astronomy began at a very young age and after completing her school education she achieved her MPhys Astrophysics at the University of Sussex before moving to Keele University to study for her PhD. In 2006 she launched Astronomy Tuition, a company that provides bespoke communication and consultancy services in the field of astronomy and its related disciplines. Alongside running Astronomy Tuition Johanna also works as an associate lecture for the Open University and holds a three year part-time Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship in the OU’s Astrophysics Department.