The 2024 Solar Eclipse

Posted April 3, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, places in North America will be able to see a full or partial eclipse. In the Wellington North area, Wolverines will experience a partial eclipse from approximately 2:00pm to 4:30 pm.

This rare phenomenon will see the Moon’s orbit position directly between the Earth and the Sun, which causes the solar eclipse. This will be the last opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in Canada until 2044! The rarity of this event also means that it is a great learning opportunity for students and staff.

While the eclipse is a great learning opportunity and an incredible astronomical phenomenon, it is still important to view the eclipse safely. It is very important to remember that even during an eclipse, looking directly at the Sun, without appropriate protection, can lead to serious problems including partial or complete loss of eyesight. Proper eclipse eye protection is a must if you plan to view the eclipse; it’s important to note that regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes.

For more helpful resources about the eclipse, see below:

·         Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

·         Kitchener-Waterloo Astronomy Club

·         April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse – Safety Sheet.pdf (Éclipse solaire totale du 8 avril 2024 – Fiche de sécurité.pdf)

·         NASA Eclipse Information

·         NASA Eclipse Safety Information

·         Discover the Universe

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