Thought for the Week
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.