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Here’s what you need to know about the total solar eclipse in Montreal

Here’s what you need to know about the total solar eclipse in Montreal
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April 8 is quickly approaching, and it's fair to say that for a brief moment, numerous Montreal residents will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event!

From total darkness during the day to temperatures suddenly dropping, here’s what you need to know about the total solar eclipse:

What is a total solar eclipse?

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, resulting in the Sun being completely obscured. In specific areas of Montreal, on April 8, 2024, the Moon will obscure the Sun entirely for about two minutes - the next time this happens will be in 2205!

Why and when do I wear eclipse glasses?

According to experts, it is crucial for eclipse viewers to wear specialized eyewear designed to safeguard our retinas from lasting harm. Ensure you wear the protective glasses during the early partial phase of the eclipse from 2:14:36 p.m. to 3:26:53 p.m. and then from 3:28:19 p.m. to 4:36:54 p.m. You can safely remove the glasses during the total eclipse!

What is so special about the solar eclipse?

After the Sun is completely obscured, its corona gleams in every direction around the Moon. This moment is unique as the Sun's corona, or crown, is visible only during a total solar eclipse. Additionally, you may witness aurora-like hues during this extraordinary event!

Where can I watch it in Montreal?

A number of viewing events are taking place throughout the city, such as at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Mount Royal Park, Montreal Science Centre, and even McGill University! Festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau will kick off around 11 a.m. with live music, eclipse discussions, and more.

Where can I find solar eclipse glasses?

The City of Montreal was distributing them for free until they ran out. Don’t worry though, you can still get them for free at these locations on April 8, 2024:

150,000 pairs of eclipse glasses will be distributed at Parc Jean-Drapeau starting at 11am.
Free eclipse glasses will be given at the Trottier Space Institute at McGill University.
Starting at 1pm, the Science Centre will distribute 20,000 free pairs of eclipse glasses.

Can I record the eclipse with my phone?

According to Dave Chidley, an Alberta photojournalist, it’s crucial to use a solar filter to safeguard your phone’s camera when capturing the partial phase of an eclipse, just as you would need eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. Directly aiming cameras at the sun can expose your device to potential damage from light and heat. Remember to remove the filter during the totality of the eclipse.

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