During British Science Week, on the morning of Friday 20 March 2015, a solar eclipse will be visible over the UK. Between 80-95% of the Sun will be hidden from view, depending on where you are.

  We have created some fun activities you can do...

Our activity sheet shows how to use different food to understand what's going on during the Solar Eclipse.  For instance:
  • you might use a cake to show how much of the Sun you can see by using icing to show how the eclipse looks, 
  • or cut/bite chunks out of cookies;
  • or you might chooses to use different sized fruits – such a round melon to represent the Earth, a cherry to represent the Moon and a light-source (such as a lamp, torch or mobile phone ‘torch’ app) to represent the Sun. 
Download the activity sheet here or visit our British Science Week microsite for more information.

Good luck, and don’t forget to Tweet us your edible eclipse pictures: @ScienceWeekUK #edibleeclipses (Please remember not to look directly at the sun when doing any eclipse activity.)

BBC Stargazing Live

The BBC has a range of events and activities for the Solar Eclipse, including the return of Dara O Briain and Professor Brian Cox to Jodrell Bank and our TV screens for three consecutive nights starting Wednesday 18 March.

BBC Learning and the University of Reading are inviting schools to participate in a citizen science project – the National Eclipse Weather Experiment (NEWEx). The experiment aims to investigate the existence, or otherwise, of ‘eclipse wind’. Schools will need to make frequent observations of temperature, wind, and cloud during the morning of the eclipse. Find out more here and watch this BBC School Report piece, ‘Eclipse Data Collectors Wanted’.

There will also be a one-off spectacular event on Friday 20 March at Leicester Racecourse, organised by BBC Learning, and a range of accompanying event resources.