26 May 2023

The sunny weather has allowed the ASP Astronomy Group to make good use of the Coronado solar telescope bought with a generous grant from ASPA a few years ago. The students, from Abingdon, John Mason and Fitzharrys Schools, were able to observe the surface of the sun and a series of really dynamic solar flares and prominences extending from its edges. At least five sunspots were also visible as well as dark filaments and bright, linear plages across its surface. The students sketched their observations of these features which will provide evidence of compulsory observing tasks should they decide to take the Astronomy GCSE in the future.

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