The April 8th, 2024 Solar Eclipse is nearing ...
On April 8, 2024, most of North America will experience a total eclipse of the Sun. Within that large area is the “Path of Totality,” a narrow band along the Earth’s surface where the Sun will be completely blocked by the Moon for up to a few minutes at some point during the day. The closer you are to the centre of this path, the longer totality will last. Outside this narrow path the eclipse is only partial. Here is a map showing the Path of Totality in Canada.
With a donation to Space Place Planetarium Canada we’ll provide you with “eclipse glasses” specifically designed for viewing the Sun by meeting the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015 certification. Follow the instructions printed on the glasses to use safely. Sunglasses of any type are not safe for this purpose.
If you’re viewing the eclipse from Toronto, or anywhere else not experiencing totality, you must wear the glasses at all times during the eclipse. The entire eclipse lasts about 2½ hours from end to end. Put the glasses on before looking up and look down before removing them. Be sure to supervise children during the eclipse. On a sunny day leading up to the eclipse, feel free to practise this procedure with them using these eclipse glasses. See the photo to the right of our two adorable models. The maximum extent of the eclipse occurs at approximately 3:19 p.m. EDT.
If you can get to the Path of Totality, you may safely remove the glasses only once the Moon completely covers the Sun to fully enjoy the spectacle. Immediately look away and put the glasses back on the moment the Sun even slightly reappears from behind the Moon’s silhouette. In Canada, the maximum duration of totality will only last up to about 3½ minutes at Niagara Falls beginning at approximately 3:18 p.m. The duration will be shorter at points to the east and begin later. Use these eclipse glasses safely and enjoy!
For those in the Toronto area, this is a once in a lifetime event. The next total eclipse visible from that general area of Canada doesn’t happen until 2079.
Here are some eclipse and safe viewing resources:
- Royal Canadian Astronomical Society (RASC) – https://www.rasc.ca/eclipse2024
- NASA – https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/safety/
- Eclipse2024.org (a for-profit that provides good information about eclipse safety) https://eclipse2024.org/eye_safety.html
- American Astronomical Society – https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/safe-viewing
To Obtain Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses
Space Place Canada is making multiples of eclipse glasses available to organizations and individuals willing to donate. We are not supplying individual glasses due to the high cost of shipping. Our starting threshold is a $100 donation for 10 glasses.
Please make a donation via Canada Helps. Be sure to include your mailing address in the donation form. Receipts for income tax purposes will be issued. All donations must be made by end-of-day March 8th to allow for shipping time. Glasses are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
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Where to go to view the eclipse.
There will be a number of places around the GTA and on the Path of Totality where groups will be viewing the eclipse. As far as we know, the public is welcome to attend these events.
- Dunlap Institute:
A series of pre-eclipse workshops to learn how to view the eclipse:
- Brock University:
Viewing on the day of the eclipse – from the line of totality:
- York University:
- McMaster University viewing party:
- RASC Centres – cross Canada: