Solar Eclipse and BRIGHT Run 

Coincidence of Routine Makes a Phenomenal Event 

Hello BRIGHT Run Family, 

I hope you are having a nice Spring. 

This April will remain in my memory forever. I was elated to see the total solar eclipse on April 8. The day started with cloudy weather but the clouds gradually dispersed for the most part and we were able to witness this celestial event. 

We saw it from the Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. The event was accompanied by excellent commentary and guidance from the Department of Physics at McMaster.  

It grew darker, colder, and felt almost surreal. The diamond ring, corona, and chromosphere (see the pinkish area in the photo, Photo courtesy: Dibyendu Mukherjee) looked marvellous.  

This day took me back to 1995, when parts of India were along the path of totality of the solar eclipse.  I was in my hometown in India with my parents, grandparents, and family friends. We narrowly missed the path of totality. Nevertheless, there was a lot of enthusiasm to witness the event. The next day, we saw the photo of the diamond ring in the newspaper.  

So many things have changed between then and now. But the celestial bodies, like the sun, moon, earth, and many of their neighbours continue with their routine life, and their routines collide with one another, triggering celestial events. 

Isn’t that wonderful? The coincidence of routines and individual discipline cumulating towards building an event, a phenomenon. I find it similar with BRIGHT Run.  

The individual discipline to gather funds, the team discipline to gather funds, and the discipline of all participants culminate in a phenomenon like the BRIGHT Run, year after year.  Your discipline and hard work keep helping the researchers to continue the pursuit of science and truth, with discipline and rigour.  

With sincere thanks and good wishes for a nice summer, 



Dr. Ashirbani Saha is the first holder of the BRIGHT Run Breast Cancer Learning Health System Chair, a permanent research position established by the BRIGHT Run in partnership with McMaster University.