We are organising an event to view the Solar Eclipse on 9 March 2016.

The event comprises four components: Lectures, stargazing, solar eclipse observation and astrophotography exhibition.

The Solar Eclipse Observation

This is the highlight of the event! The solar eclipse will start at 07:22 AM, reaches maximum obscuration (87%) at 08:23 AM and end at 09:32 AM. Telescopes and solar projections will be set up in the open field for public viewing of the solar eclipse.

Simulated image of the Sun at maximum obscuration during solar eclispe on 9 March 2016

Simulated image of the Sun at maximum obscuration during solar eclipse on 9 March 2016

Hand-held solar viewers will be distributed to participants in the field. Student helpers, staffs and local amateur astronomers will be present to interact with the participants to communicate the science of solar eclipse and the safety considerations in viewing the phenomenon.


Three local experts will share their insights on the Universe and observational astronomy. Assoc. Professor Phil Chan (NUS) will deliver the first talk entitled “Solar Eclipse”. Mr Alfred Tan (PLMGSS) will follow up with a lecture on “My Learning Journey in Solar Imaging”. Mr Grey Tan (TinyMOS) will give a talk on his invention, the TinyMOS camera, which he hopes to open astrophotography to the masses.

Due to limited seating capacity, only the first 600 registered participants will have seats reserved. A complementary hand-held solar viewer will be given to registered participants who attended the lectures.

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The NUS Physics Astronomy group, NUS Astronomy Society and several invited external astronomy groups will be setting up telescopes on the evening before the solar eclipse for an overnight stargazing session at the NUS football field. The stargazing session will be immediately followed by the Solar Eclipse viewing at the same location.

Astro-Photography Exhibition


More than 30 stunning astronomy images by Mr Remus Chua, local astro-photographer and NUS alumnus as well as will contributions from NUS Physics Observatory will be exhibited at the Foyer outside LT 27.

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Summary and Schedule of events

Event Date and Time Venue
Astrophotography exhibition 8 Mar 2:00pm – 9 Mar 11:00 am Foyer outside LT27
Lecture 8 Mar 7:00 – 8:30 pm LT 27
Stargazing 8 Mar evening  –  9 Mar morning NUS football field
Solar Eclipse Viewing 9 Mar 07:22 – 09:32 AM NUS football field

Organizer: Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Partners: NUS Astronomical Society, Special Programme in Scienceorganizer_partner_2

Sponsors: Materials Research Society Singapore