Gads Hill pupil's look at Mercury Transitting the Sun

Gad’s scientists learn about planets in the sunshine

Year fives from Gad’s Hill School turned skywatchers in the hope of seeing Mercury transit the Sun yesterday.

Headmaster Mr Craggs joined the science lesson where the students donned protective eyewear ready to catch a glimpse of Mercury’s sojourn between Earth and the brightest star.

It was the third such pass of 14 this century; the little planet will not transit again until 2019 and then 2032.

The classmates had hoped to see Mercury as a tiny black circle, smaller but darker than many sunspots, slowly traversing the Sun’s giant yellow disc.

Alas, despite all eyes watching and waiting, the young scientists didn’t witness it in real life but it did provide a hands-on perspective to the afternoon’s science lesson!