Solar Eclipse 2024 – Everything You Need To Know

As you may be aware, on April 8, 2024, a spectacular and rare celestial event is set to unfold over Canada, the United States and Mexico – a total solar eclipse. As the Moon aligns perfectly between Earth and the Sun, temporary darkness will sweep across parts of the country, captivating countless spectators, and some of the best views will be right here in our beautiful Niagara Region as we are in the path of totality – how lucky are we?!

In Grimsby, the partial eclipse will begin at approximately 2:04 p.m., with the start time of totality at 3:18 p.m. The total duration will be 2 minutes and 47 seconds.

Keeping this in mind, we are offering a few suggestions to ensure safe travelling, working and viewing for all, and allow you to enjoy this eclipse that won’t happen for another 80+ years.

Very important!
Looking directly at the Sun, without appropriate protection, can lead to serious problems such as partial or complete loss of eyesight.

There are no pain sensors in your retinas to indicate that your eyes are being damaged by looking at the Sun. Symptoms can take 12 to 48 hours to appear and can include retinal burns, permanent or temporary visual loss, and blurred vision. Once symptoms begin, it’s usually too late to reverse any damage. Here are some essential guidelines to safeguard your vision if you plan to view the eclipse:

Use Certified Solar Eclipse Glasses
Invest in eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. These specialized glasses effectively filter out harmful ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation, allowing you to view the eclipse safely.

Avoid Homemade Filters
Refrain from using homemade filters, such as sunglasses or exposed photographic film, as they do not provide adequate protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Seek Shade
If you don’t have access to certified eclipse glasses, consider viewing the eclipse indirectly by creating a pinhole projector or using a solar viewer. These methods allow you to observe the eclipse’s progress without directly looking at the sun.

Educate Others
Spread awareness about the importance of eye safety during solar eclipses among your friends, family, and colleagues. Encourage everyone to prioritize their eye health and follow recommended safety guidelines.

Read more Solar Eclipse Safety from the Niagara Region here.
Public Health Reminds Residents to ‘Protect Their Peepers’ News Release

Additionally, we would like to reiterate that due to the mass visitors expected to travel to Niagara and the surrounding towns/cities to view the eclipse, the Town of Grimsby will be enabling its Emergency Operations Centre alongside the other municipalities in the Region.

Learn more about this year’s eclipse from the Government of Canada here + view some interesting visuals below!

We hope you have a chance to enjoy this once in a lifetime event, and stay safe!

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