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Solar Eclipse 2024 April 8

A partial eclipse like the one shown will be visible at York University, the Toronto area, and much of Ontario on April 8, 2024.

A partial solar eclipse seen by AICO members in Toronto in 2021. Note the pinhole camera projections! Telescope images are taken with ISO safety rated filters over the telescope.
First Clear Day is done! Happened April 6 - Happy eclipse everyone!

A few lucky locations will be able to see the special total eclipse, of note are: Niagara Falls, Hamilton, parts of Montreal and all of Granby in Quebec... and a few spots in New Brunswick as well as Newfoundland and Labrador

To see what time the eclipse starts in your location (every city is different) and how close you are to totality, use the eclipse map here.

Do Not Look Directly At The Sun

This page hosts the solar eclipse 2024 information for York University and the Allan I Carswell Observatory. Join us for our pre-eclipse solar viewing events! As it says above, whatever day it is, wherever you are, please DO NOT under any circumstances, look directly at the Sun. Human eyes can be seriously damaged, and it can even cause blindness. There are many SAFE ways to indirectly view the sun, see below for some options.

Solar Safety 101: You can use several techniques to project the Sun's image where it is safe to see for more, see our Solar Safety sheet and the resources area below.

Solar Viewing Events from Allan I Carswell Observatory and York University

Downsview Park: March 9th

The Allan I Carswell Observatory will be travelling to Downsview Park for a special session of solar observing (if clear) and eclipse information. To register for the event see the link here.

Solar Education Day: March 23

The solar education event at York AICO will feature solar observing (if clear) and eclipse information for attendees. This event will be at York campus 12 noon - 2 pm March 23. To register see our free tickets link here.

First Clear Day: April 2-6

As might be expected, the FIRST clear day will be a challenging event. You can check the top of THIS page on each of the days to see if the event is ON or OFF. Tickets for the event can be found here!

The Eclipse: April 8

No public events will be hosted on April 8th since York University is not in totality. There will be observing and solar glasses for any faculty, students, and staff on campus that day though!

AICO Resources

What is an Eclipse, and how do the Earth, Moon and Sun line up? Check out the AICO Eclipse flyer.

The Solar Safety Flyer, check out some extra solar safety tips here at our AICO flyer.

Three easy ways to view the eclipse without harming your eyes

Our Events Brochure, map, information, events and more in this AICO flyer! Note printed back to front with no margins it will make a single 6 sided brochure when folded.

Events Brochure, alternate format (single page)

The AICO About Eclipses Video featuring guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Linsky and the observatory Teletube crew Maheen, Noor, Cam and Zena.

Darkness & Light Eclipse Talk Video featuring Ian Mclennan and Dr. Elaina Hyde

Our Eclipse Viewers Blog Area, featuring prof. Robin Metcalfe of York University and Bruce Waters of our Astronomer in Residence Program.

Eclipse Blog 2024: Bruce Waters

Bruce has been teaching astronomy to the public since 1981 and in the provincial park system every year since 1985. He was at the McLaughlin Planetarium as star theatre operator, producer and educator and ran the last public star show with the hope that, one day, the stars would shine down upon Toronto again. He is also the author of the Ontario Parks monthly astronomy blog. Finally, he is the co-founder of Stars over Killarney - an annual astronomy program featuring topics that connect to the Park (2018).

Eclipse Blog 2024: Prof. Robin Metcalfe

Robin Metcalfe is a professor in the Division of Natural Science at York University, where she has been teaching astronomy for over 20 years. Robin’s PhD research pertained to extragalactic astronomy but her current interests are in the search for life beyond Earth and the implications of such a discovery on humanity. Through her teaching, Robin shares her passion for the night sky and the outdoors. She teaches students to appreciate what the night sky has to teach us, to gain perspective from our place in the Universe, and to value our precious planet Earth.

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