2024 Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses happen when the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned in a way where the Moon blocks the light of the Sun from reaching the Earth.

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. What you can see during a solar eclipse will depend on factors such as the weather and where you are watching the eclipse from. While cities such as Kingston, Niagara Falls, and Hamilton will be in the path of totality, allowing them to experience the full effects of the eclipse, Markham falls just outside of this path. Those in Markham will still be able to experience a partial solar eclipse between 2:05 PM and 4:30 PM, with the maximum eclipse taking place around 3:20 PM.

While a total solar eclipse is rare and exciting (the last one to happen in Ontario was in 1979 and the next one is not expected to take place until 2099!), it is important to remember that it is never safe to look directly at the Sun as it can cause permanent and severe damage to your eyes. If you are planning on watching the eclipse, you must use a pair of solar eclipse glasses with filters that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Regular sunglasses, homemade filters and unfiltered cameras, binoculars, and telescopes offer limited protection and can permanently damage your eyes.

If you can't make it to watch the eclipse in person, several organizations are offering free streams of the eclipse from locations around the world:

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