Science North to celebrate the solar eclipse with a viewing party

In Sudbury, the eclipse will begin at 2:05 p.m. on April 8 and reach maximum at 3:19 p.m.

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On April 8, a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse will sweep across North America, and Science North is inviting the community to a free viewing party.

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In Sudbury, the eclipse will begin at 2:05 p.m. and reach its maximum at 3:19 p.m. At the eclipse’s maximum, 90 percent of the sun’s diameter will be eclipsed by the moon.

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The upcoming eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada.

A solar eclipse occurs when a new moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth. Some areas experience lighter shade, penumbra, while others experience full shade, the umbra. The path of the shadow changes with each eclipse. Although the sun and moon line up roughly every 18 months, Ontario last witnessed a total solar eclipse in 1979. The next one won’t happen here until 2106.

Science North will celebrate this legendary event with the following programme.

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Outdoor programming takes place from 1-4:30 pm (weather permitting):

– Solar telescope viewing.

– Indirect viewing with pinhole viewfinder, colander and more.

– Direct viewing with special eclipse glasses.

– Practical scientific activities.

– Visit with SNOLAB.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair if they plan to participate in outdoor activities. In case of rain or shine, all activities will take place in the Vale Cave with a live broadcast of the eclipse.

Indoor activities take place from 12:30-16:00:

– Live streaming of the total solar eclipse at Vale Cave (while the live streaming is free, admission is still being charged for the science center.)

– Shows at the planetarium all day (additional cost).

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For anyone interested in securing a pair of eclipse glasses ahead of time, they are on sale in the Whizards gift shop for $3. Alternatively, visitors who purchase a general admission ticket or members who reserve their ticket on April 8 will receive a pair of glasses (while supplies last). Science North will also provide free certified eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis, along with opportunities to view the eclipse safely using a solar telescope and indirect viewing equipment.

Please note that it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar vision. If you don’t have eclipse glasses, you can use an indirect viewing method, which doesn’t involve looking directly at the sun. For more information about indirect viewing, please visit the Canadian Space Agency at

Science North is also hosting a solar eclipse social for their 50+ audience from 10-11.30am. Included in the event are a pair of eclipse glasses, refreshments, a special talk on the science of solar eclipses by staff scientist Olathe MacIntyre. , as well as admission to the science center after the speech. Tickets for the event are $22 and are on sale at or in person at Science North.

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