Heavenly treat

With hopes of getting a glimpse of today’s solar eclipse, Barbadians paused and looked up to the sky this afternoon as the moon partially obscured the sun for close to an hour.

Even though dark rain clouds threatened to spoil the show at times, both young and old remained fixated on the heavens determined not to let the rare opportunity pass them by.

From about 2 p.m. scores of people squeezed into every available spot at the Harry Bayley Observatory in an effort to get the best vantage point from which to witness the event.

“I don’t know if I am going to see this in my lifetime again so I am making sure that I see it now,” said Tracy Wiggins, who took along her son Cameron to view the eclipse.

“I never seen one before and I am really looking forward to see what all the fuss was about,” Paula Franklyn added.

Barbados Astronomical Society board member Ricardo Small said he was both pleased and surprised at the turn out, especially since Barbados was not in the path of totality.

He told Barbados TODAY that much of the buzz surrounding the eclipse of the sun was most likely generated by the media in the United States.

He added that given the fact that the last solar eclipse witnessed by Barbadians was 25 years ago, today’s occurrence would be a first for many young adults.

“This is following the trend of interest which has been persisting over the United States. From what I have seen there are millions along the belt of totality [areas experiencing full eclipse] that has followed this eclipse. I also think it is the allure of the unknown and the unusual. It is not everyday that we see an eclipse in Barbados. As a matter of fact the last eclipse was 25 years ago and there are many people who have never seen an eclipse,” Small said.

Small’s perspective was similar to that of Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley, who joined a number of students at the Barbados Community College playing field to observe the eclipse.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley (fourth from left) joined a number of students at the Barbados Community College playing field to observe the phenomenon.

“It’s a once in a lifetime occasion for many persons. This eclipse does not happen every year, so I think that for young people who are very anxious to see what it looks like
. . . it is really mystery and one should allow children to see it, as one never knows what the experience may inspire.

“This experience may inspire the next scientist, as the child may want to learn more. I think for us in Barbados we are joining the rest of the world in this mystery,” Lashley said.

Meanwhile, leader of Restoration Ministries David Durant, who joined the hundreds at the Harry Bayley Observatory, offered some divine insight into the phenomenon.

“It was really a spectacular display in the heavens and these are things that cause you to draw closer to God and reflect on the greatness and the majesty and power of God when you can see things like this happening in the heavens. When you look at the alignment you just know that no big bang theory could have put this all in place,” Durant said.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

2 Responses to Heavenly treat

  1. Richard Johnston August 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Anti-intellectualism and superstition are alive and well in Barbados.

    Reply
    • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Oh really!!!!!! Tell that to the brits who showed it live on television and those in Canada and the USA etc. But then again why would this people not be like them?????? They are a carbon copy.

      Reply

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