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Eclipse enthusiasts flock to UWI FST for rare celestial spectacle

More than 100 enthusiasts gathered at the Department of Physics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Monday for an unusual post-lunchtime viewing party for a partial solar eclipse.

The rare celestial total solar eclipse made its first landfall in Mazatlán, Mexico, before it was seen in other sections of North America, including the United States, plunging the Earth into darkness for some mere minutes.

The eager watchers gathered at The UWI with two telescopes and solar filter glasses to view the 16 to 17 per cent partiality seen from Jamaica.

Amid the unexpected high energy and interest, Dominique Campbell, research assistant and member of the Astronomical Club of Jamaica, was elated that there was still a major interest in science in the country, which she said was evidenced by the turnout.

Photo caption: Dominique Campbell, a member of the Astronomy Association of Jamaica, views the partial solar eclipse at The University of the West Indies, Mona, on Monday, April 8, 2024.

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Published on 15 Apr, 2024

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