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Here comes the sun, due to work of Cronan's boys

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Deirdre Kelleghan (Discover Science and Engineering Science Ambassador 2012) with the St. Cronan's Astronomy Club, building the Action Sun.

Deirdre Kelleghan (Discover Science and Engineering Science Ambassador 2012) with the St. Cronan's Astronomy Club, building the Action Sun.

Deirdre Kelleghan (Discover Science and Engineering Science Ambassador 2012) with the St. Cronan's Astronomy Club, building the Action Sun.

A GROUP OF boys from St. Cronan's National School in Bray brought the sun to earth last week, with the help of local astronomer Deirdre Kelleghan, as well as crepe paper, acrylic paint, glue, gel, and lots of energy.

Deirdre did some observations early in the day, and then due to cloud cover they took the information from ' the sun now' on SDO.

Action Sun - Let's Bring the Sun to Earth, is an indoor or outdoor activity which allows groups of children to build a large solar disc.

' We added in Active Region 1471, with the large sunspot, some small filaments and some prominences (a bit of artistic licence there.) We looked at the earth to scale, we learnt about the Photosphere and the Chromosphere and we learnt about the Venus Transit,' said Deirdre.

The event was part of Dublin City of Science 2012. The children did a great job and were very proud of their work.

They carried their sun into the school singing ' here comes the sun'.

The Sun will be on exhibit for all the pupils to see and learn.

The 16 boys are members of St Cronan's Stargazers kids' astronomy group based at the school.