Did you see it?
For Canadians with their eyes to the skies on Monday, the solar eclipse reached it’s peak at around 2:30 p.m., when 76 per cent of the sun was covered by the moon and a bright crescent of brilliant sunshine peeked through.
Most who saw it agree – you just had to be there!
Special eclipse viewing parties were held in Toronto including one at the Ontario Science Centre and another hosted by the University of Toronto at the CNE.
For those of you who missed it, CityNews streamed the awe inspiring phenomenon live on Facebook and the video can be watched below or here.
But if you’re kicking yourself for not seeing the solar eclipse with your own eyes, not to worry. Another one is on it’s way in seven years, when the path of totality crosses parts of central Canada, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
Chris Weadick of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says he expects many of the people who flocked to the central United States to experience the event this year will head to eastern Canada for April 8, 2024.
He says seeing the shadow, cast by the moon, move across the landscape and pass by you is something that needs to be experienced in person.
Weadick says the path in 2024 will cross the southern tips of Ontario and Quebec, central New Brunswick, western P.E.I. and central Newfoundland.
Catherine Lovekin, an astronomy professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., says people in those areas will have a unique opportunity.
Jennifer Gale, a science educator at Science East in Fredericton, says eclipses are exciting to young and old alike, and a great opportunity to get people interested in science – just ask the thousands of people who shared their experiences from across the country.
CityNews viewer Darlene Munro sent in this photo capturing sun spots, taken through an 8″ Mead telescope fitted with a solar filter on the lens.