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On Monday April 8, 2024, between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Ontario will experience a total solar eclipse in some areas. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon aligns perfectly between Earth and the Sun, creating darkness for a short period of time. The last time a total solar eclipse happened in Ontario was in 1925 and after April 8, 2024, the province won’t see it again until 2099. The municipality is still expected to experience 91.3% eclipse coverage. Partial coverage is expected to begin in West Nipissing at 2:07 p.m., with maximum coverage occurring at 3:21 p.m., and coverage ending at 4:31 p.m.

Solar Eclipse Safety

Please be sure to follow the advice below to stay safe during the eclipse:

  • Warning: Do not look directly at the eclipse. Looking directly at the Sun without eye protection can cause retinal burns, blurred vision, or a total loss of eyesight. There are no pain sensors in your retinas, once symptoms begin, the damage is usually too late to reverse.
  • Glasses with specialized filters adhering to the ISO 12312-2 international standard can be worn to prevent eye damage. Glasses should be inspected for wrinkles or scratches ahead of use and should not be used if damaged.
  • While driving, please avoid looking at the eclipse. Keep your eyes on the road to safely operate your vehicle and avoid collisions.
  • Follow local directives and road signage as you travel on April 8. While traveling on highways, do not stop, take pictures, or get out of your car to view the eclipse.

See or download the solar eclipse safety fact sheet.

Visit the Canadian Space Agency’s website for more eclipse safety tips and best viewing practices.

A partial solar eclipse in a blue sky with clouds

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