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Wednesday 20 June 2018
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Solar Eclipse in Queens Park Savannah

Laquesha Bailey (NYLO Intern)

The Caribbean Institute of Astronomy's (CARINA) viewing event hosted today at the Queen's Park Savannah to observe the partial solar eclipse was marked with disappointing cloud coverage.

The event gave the public the opportunity to witness the solar eclipse, a phenomenon, that, owing to the small path of eclipses, will not be viewed again from Trinidad and Tobago until 2045. However, clouds blocked the eclipse from view for long periods at a time and onlookers could only manage brief glimpses through protective glasses provided free of charge by CARINA.

The public came out in masses and numbers were in the hundreds, with many expressing their eagerness to see the eclipse.

President of CARINA Graham Rostant said that the turnout was more than they anticipated and because of this, there were not enough filtered glasses for everyone.

This did not stop the people from viewing the eclipse though, as many resorted to taking turns sharing pairs, and some even used their creativity to fashion pinhole cameras out of cardboard and cereal boxes in an attempt to see the solar eclipse.

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