Why and Where You Should Watch the Solar Eclipse on Aug 21st in The GTA
The full solar eclipse, which will occur on Aug 21st, is a big deal. For our Americans to the south, it will be the first time that the moon fully eclipses the sun on the continental United States in 38 years. Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the central United States to see something that some believe is truly transformational. People that have seen an eclipse report having out of body or outer worldly experiences. While in Canada we may not get the full eclipse, it’s very likely that we can see a partial eclipse as high as 70% coverage.
Take a look at this killer video below to get you hyped for the eclipse, as well as a list of places to watch the eclipse is you so desire.
Warning: Viewing of a Solar Eclipse in Real Life May Damage Your Eyes So be Careful.
On Monday, August 21, the Solar eclipse is expected to happen between 1:10 pm and 3:49 pm. Here are the best places in Toronto to check it out.
Also note that if you live in Mississauga the optimal time to watch the solar eclipse will be at 2:31 PM EST
The University of Toronto will be hosting a viewing party at the CNE to view the partial solar eclipse. You will be able to meet astronomers and ask any question you’d like. Attendees will be provided with special solar eclipse glasses. WHile the viewing is free, attendees will have to pay admission to the CNE grounds. Why not enjoy some rides and the eclipse. This event will go from 10:oo am – 5:00 pm.
If safety is your concern, the Ontario Science Centre has you covered. You can safely observe the eclipse through specially filtered glasses and telescopes with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Admission is free for the eclipse activities outdoors.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TELUSCAPE, outside the main entrance of the Ontario Science Centre.
Head over and hang out with The York University Observatory Team. The team at York will have individual solar glasses and solar telescope to safely view the eclipse. THe team will also put together interactive science demonstrations. The York University spot will be great for teens and tweens as you will have a chance to build your own pinhole camera to safely view the eclipse.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
York University, Lions Stadium.
If you happen to live in York Region you will be happy to hear that you can view the partial eclipse at the Richmond Hill Library. Visitors will be provided with safety glasses and even better the event is free of charge.
1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Richmond Hill Public Library