On 12th June, 2020 Science India Forum- Qatar (SIFQ) held an online hands-on-astronomy workshop for teachers on the Activities of Annular Solar Eclipse. This workshop was conducted with the aim to use the knowledge of astronomy to understand the upcoming solar eclipse on June 21,2020. Residents of Qatar would be able to witness this celestial event.
Dr. Arvind Ranade, the key speaker for the occasion is a scientist with the Department of Science and Technology, India. He explained with an informative presentation the science behind the occurrence of a solar eclipse. He went on to elucidate the various types of solar eclipses viz. Total, Annular, Partial and Hybrid. He informed the attendees that Qatar residents were to experience a Partial solar eclipse on June 21, 2020 starting around 7:15 a.m. and ending around 10.00 a.m. with a maximum eclipse of about 85% around 8.30 a.m.
The hands-on workshop conducted by trainers Mr. Tushar Purohit from IUCAA, Pune and Mr. Mukesh Satankar a Telescope Maker from Bhopal, which covered demonstration for making of various types of pinhole cameras, magic mirror, ball mirror and explained simple calculations for distance between sun and earth, magic number, earth revolution time. They also highlighted the adverse effects of viewing the eclipse through naked eyes and the necessity of taking adequate precautions while viewing the same.
The event was concluded with interactive Question & Answer session by trainers answering the various queries raised by the attending educators. The webinar was well attended by over 40 Physics and Mathematics teachers from various schools.