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Solar Eclipse

Helpful guides for safe sun observation during the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024.

On Monday, April 8 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur over Eastern and Atlantic Canada. This rare astronomical phenomenon occurs when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, and blocks the Sun completely for a short period of time. This eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many Canadians. The last time a total solar eclipse happened over this region was in 1932 and we won’t see another until 2079!

More detailed information about how a solar eclipse happens can be found here: https://shorturl.at/CEXZ6

Where to Watch?

The path of totality will cross most of the island of Montréal, and the area south of the island. If you live in these regions, you will see a total solar eclipse—something you will never forget! Everyone outside this path will see a partial eclipse: only part of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Partial eclipses are quite interesting to observe, but are less rare and less spectacular than total eclipses.

Visit this link to find out where your home sits in the eclipse path: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8

How to Observe the Eclipse Safely?

On normal days, it is dangerous to observe the Sun directly. Because of the intensity of light, we instinctively look away to protect ourselves. With an eclipse, this natural instinct is suppressed due to the reduction of light intensity, which can lead to serious and permanent eye damage. This does not mean we should be afraid of the eclipse! The observation includes special eclipse glasses. These glasses are equipped with a filter that blocks 99.99% of sunlight and are ISO certified for safe direct observation of the Sun. All students at NFSB schools will be given certified eclipse glasses. Should you want to purchase more, they usually sell for a few dollars. Even if you only have one pair of eclipse glasses, it is safe to be outside during the eclipse. You can take turns using the glasses to directly observe the eclipse… just make sure to avoid looking at the eclipse with your bare eyes.

For instructions on eclipse safety, visit the Government of Québec’s website about the upcoming eclipse:

https://www.quebec.ca/en/public-safety-emergencies/emergency-situations-disasters-and-natural-hazards/what-to-do-before-during-after-emergency-disaster/preparing-total-solar-eclipse-april-8-2024-quebec

Links to purchase more eclipse glasses can be found here: https://www.eclipsequebec.ca/en/observe-safely/#protect

This is an opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event with your child(ren). Take the time to inform yourselves on the appropriate safety measures so that on April 8th, you can enjoy this amazing celestial event!


 

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