Hundreds view Solar Eclipse from the Scottish Parliament

Hundreds view Solar Eclipse from the Scottish Parliament


Crowds gathered outside the Scottish Parliament
surveying the near total eclipse of the sun against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh’s
Holyrood Park. The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh had
set up here with telescopes to capture the moment, and members of the public were
given turns at using the equipment to view the celestial spectacle. Oh yes, yes, it’s amazing, amazing. And
beautiful. And with so many people around, it’s somehow magic. I love it, I love the big hill here, in fact
I went for a walk yesterday along the hill after my lunch for about an hour, so that was lovely.
So it’s my second time in Edinburgh but I’m really enjoying the atmosphere.
So it’s lovely. Yeah, yeah, beautiful, quite atmospheric.
Especially looking at it through the trees. It looks gorgeous. The Society had teamed up with the Scottish
Parliament to host the public event; earlier in the morning school groups were
given educational talks about the physics of the imminent eclipse and advice on viewing
it safely. The eclipse fell just over a week ahead of
the Scottish Parliament opening a major exhibition and series of events – The Incredible
Power of Light – aimed at families and featuring free talks and workshops. For the society, it had been all they’d
hoped for. This is amazing. I was just so pleased when
I got up this morning. I thought, yes! Because obviously we’ve got no control over
it. So unlike all these poor people who missed in in Cornwall on the previous one.
So this fantasic. It’s a perfect location. We were obviously hoping to have some kind
of public event and to have a setting outside the Scottish Parliament is fantastic.
I would much rather be here sharing it with friends and colleagues from the society
and members of the public in Edinburgh rather than going off on a wild goose chase
to the Faroes or whatever just in the hope that you might see something. I think
this is an awesome experience. The Incredible Power of Light will be at the
Scottish Parliament from April the 1st until the 30th and will feature interactive children’s
workshops and talks. You can get more information on our webpage and through social
media.

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