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Introducing the Group

The total Solar Eclipse of August 1999 offers an important opportunity for the the U.K. scientific community. It is
seventy years since the last total solar eclipse was observed from these islands and - after 1999 - the next total
solar eclipse will not be until 2090. Furthermore, this eclipse comes only four months before the new millennium
at a time when solar activity is expected to be high.

It is likely, therefore, that there will be much interest in this eclipse not only among the scientific community but
the public at large. With this in mind, the Solar Eclipse 1999 UK Co-ordinating Group (formerly known as the
UK Consortium for Solar Eclipse 1999) was set up in January 1997 to provide information and services for the
eclipse from the public understanding of science element through to education and scientific experiments.
Sub-committees exist to deal with Press/Public Relations and World Wide Web issues.

Our Aims

Perform useful scientific experiments on the Solar Corona.
Use the eclipse to increase public understanding and appreciation of Science & Technology.
Help the public to get the most out of the eclipse.
Act as a focal point for co-ordination of activities leading up to the eclipse.


Members of the group

Association for Astronomy Education
Association for Science Education
British Astronomical Association
British Broadcasting Corporation
Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Devon Local Education Authority
Helston School, Cornwall
Institute of Physics
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Royal Astronomical Society
Royal Greenwich Observatory
Sheffield Hallam University
States of Guernsey

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