The Joys of a Global Eclipse: British Deaf Astronomical Association

Graham and Margaret Duhig of the British Deaf Astronomical Association

Graham and Margaret Duhig of the British Deaf Astronomical Association

One of my pleasures on Eclipse Day was meeting Graham and Margaret Duhig, members of BDAA, the British Deaf Astronomical Association. I spent the night before the eclipse at a small hotel downtown so I would wake up in the morning close to the train station. When I checked in, I noticed a senior couple signing to each other. The next day as I checked out at 5:15 a.m., the hotel clerk told me I had just missed sharing a taxi with the English astronomers who were here to see the eclipse. When I got to the train station, they were there, so I introduced myself and gave them a card from RCA. They showed me a picture of their group and gave me their contact information. We shared a train ride down and they set up near the capitol steps for the event. There’s more to the story, but I’ll end it by saying I encourage you to visit their website and friend or like them on Facebook.

It was billed as the “great American” eclipse, but I’d rather call it the “great global eclipse.” It has expanded our club’s connections around the world, and I was thrilled and touched to meet Graham and Margaret. There were people from other countries at OSP, and some of our members hosted international visitors for the eclipse. The eclipse brought millions of people together. I’m so glad these are some of them.