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Still time to head to Science North's eclipse viewing party

Best time to witness the solar eclipse is just before 2:30 p.m.              — if you get photos, wants to see them

If you've got some free time this afternoon, consider heading over to Science North to witness the solar eclipse.

The viewing party started at 1:06 p.m. and continues until 3:41 p.m. or so, but the best time to see the event is at 2:25 p.m.

Solar eclipses happen about once every year and half, somewhere on Earth. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is obscured by the moon. 

Granted, Canada isn't the best place to see this one. In Greater Sudbury, we'll see about 70 per cent of the eclipse.

And while the sun appears less bright due to the eclipse, resist the temptation to stare at it. Staring at it could lead to you developing solar retinopathy, or eclipse blindness, where the image of the eclipse is, for lack of a better term, burned into your eye, remaining as an artifact in your visual field for days, months or even years.

Science North will have solar telescopes on hand, as well as solar eclipse glasses and welding goggles, so you can watch the eclipse without worrying about damaging your eyes.

The next solar eclipse to hit North America will be in April 2024. has a reporter at Science North for the event. The parking lot is packed, so be aware that if you're heading there now, you'll need to park at Bell Park.

If you get photos of the eclipse, wants to see them. You can email them to [email protected].


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