Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

New Telescope & Solar Observation

The arrival of the new 90 mm refractor telescopes allowed for the students from the GCSE Astronomy Course to observe both the sun and the effects of the recent outburst, as well as the Solar Minimum – the period of least solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun, which refers to the diminishing of sunspots and solar flare activities.

The students were guided in the setting up of telescopes, and learned how to identify sunspots. They also completed their task of sketching sunspots, as part of their preparation for the practical task next academic year. The telescopes will undoubtedly be used for more observations and practical tasks in the future, before they sit for their examinations in June 2018.