A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
I am sure you have all heard of the phrase “charity begins at home” and since most of us call Leiden our home why not start here 🙂 Basically the old Observatory is putting together a Solar Telescope which will be an addition to the historic 150 year old refracting telescopes. As you can imagine the apparatus consists of multiple components and one of the key parts is a heliostat. This is a computer controlled device that tracks the Sun as it moves across the sky and collects sunlight into a fine beam that can then be projected onto a screen. This has been an ambitious project led by Astronomy students at Leiden along with our Professors and volunteers. The total funding required amounts to 19,800 € and guess what we’ve achieved 98% of our target already! This means that we are only 234 € away and so I thought I’d advertise this ‘crowd-funding’ opportunity here. Oh and did I tell you why we are in such a hurry- well on March 20, 2015 – yes this year Leiden will experience a Partial Solar Eclipse – well it’s almost a total Eclipse since 84% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Another Eclipse won’t be seen in Leiden until 2026 so here is your chance to contribute and become part of history. Here is the webpage with details of how to donate:
And just in case you are wondering what the Sun looks like from outside the Earth-
I’ll post more about the programme for the day of the eclipse so keep reading. Thanks!