Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shedden

IT HAS been said to have been the most viewed and pho­tographed eclipse in history, as well as be­ing the first time that such an event was vis­i­ble across the US for 99 years.

Ev­ery­one in the US was told they would be able to see it, with some peo­ple hav­ing the sun blocked out en­tirely.

Peo­ple were told: ‘The sun is about to dis­ap­pear.’

Cyn­i­cally we might say in Scot­land: ‘And your point is?’

Some­times I feel as if the sun has been eclipsed in Ar­gyll for most of this sum­mer.

It dis­ap­pears with mo­not­o­nous reg­u­lar­ity, it would seem.

How­ever, we know that this to­tal eclipse in Amer­ica is quite re­mark­able and to­tally awe­some. Mil­lions of peo­ple flocked to a lit­tle known place called Car­bon­dale to see this amaz­ing won­der.

As an­tic­i­pated, Car­bon­dale proved to be a huge mag­net for sky­watch­ers who made good use of the ex­tra 60,000 park­ing places or­gan­ised for the day. Car­bon­dale was billed as the ‘eclipse cross­roads of Amer­ica’, be­cause it would en­joy to­tal­ity both on Mon­day and when the next US eclipse oc­curs in 2024.

The area also had the priv­i­lege of en­joy­ing the long­est pe­riod of dark­ness any­where in the coun­try at just over two min­utes and 40 sec­onds. In­ter­est­ing that most of us had never heard of Car­bon­dale be­fore, un­til this un­known out-of-the-way place be­came fa­mous for the to­tal eclipse of light.

In­ter­est­ing that many had not heard of Beth­le­hem be­fore, also an un­known out-of-the­way place, but in con­trast it is fa­mous for the to­tal eclipse of dark­ness.

Beth­le­hem wit­nessed the birth of the Light of the World and the peo­ple who walked in dark­ness ar­rived at a very dif­fer­ent cross­roads.

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