What Canadians Need to Know About Today’s Eclipse

The Background 

At approximately 12pm EST today, Canadians will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun for the first time in nine years. (We were lucky enough to see a total eclipse in 2008.) The celestial event is moving across North America today, giving the west coast of the country the best view while the East Coast gets the short end of the stick this time around. Canadians in Victoria and Vancouver will see 91% and 88% of the sun covered respectively. Those in Winnipeg and Toronto will see a 70 to 75% eclipse, and residents of Halifax and St. John’s will see a 60% eclipse or less. Global News
(“If you think white supremacists are mad this week, just wait ’til next week when even the SUN turns black.” #weekendupdate #snl)

What Else You Need to Know

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is planning viewing events around the country, complete with telescopes and special activities. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to an official event, you can see the eclipse from anywhere — just make sure you pick up a pair of eclipse glasses beforehand, since staring at the sun can cause major eye damage. If you’re chained to your desk and can’t make it outside (or really want to see a total eclipse and aren’t satisfied with the view from Canada), you can watch the whole thing go down on NASA’s website, starting at 12pm EST.

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