April 8 Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is set to cross through parts of Canada today, offering crowds in its path a dazzling view of this astronomical wonder.

This occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, culminating with the moon fully or partially blocking the sun. A solar eclipse allows us to see the sun’s tenuous atmosphere — the corona — glowing around the moon.

People outside the path of totality, including here in Edmonton, will be able to observe a partial solar eclipse, during which the Sun is not hidden in totality. The partial solar eclipse will occur between approximately 11:54 AM and 1:39 PM, peaking around 12:46 PM.

Precautions for Partial Solar Eclipse

It is never safe to look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, people are more likely to do so in an attempt to view the partial solar eclipse. Though, exciting sight to witness, it’s essential to prioritize your health and safety during this time. Here are a few reminders:

  • Never look directly at the sun without proper protection.
  • Use properly made solar viewers, as known as ‘eclipse glasses’. They will be made with a special-purpose solar filter that allows you to safely view the sun through them.
  • Be sure to inspect your solar filter before use; discard the item if you notice any scratches or damage.
  • Make sure to supervise children using solar filters.
  • Do not remove your solar filter while looking at the sun. Turn your face away, then remove the solar filter from your face.
  • Do not view the sun through a camera, binoculars or any other device — the concentrated solar rays will damage your eyes and could cause serious injury.

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