Do you really want to miss out on the solar eclipse on August 21st? I predict that solar safety glasses will sell out, so get yours asap. The last time we could witness a total solar eclipse, the year was 1979. I was a kid and remember my parents and teachers pounding home the message “Don’t look at the sun or you’ll go blind!”.
The Royal Canadian Astronomical Society has already sold out of the protective glasses on their website. I found these ones at Best Buy.
In Ottawa, the countdown will begin at 1:17pm with the maximum eclipse of the sun happening at 2:38pm.
We will experience an eclipse that is roughly 60% blackout. To see total darkness you have to head south of the border.
There’s a free viewing party at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on the Aviation Parkway hosted by the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Hang onto your viewing glasses, since Ottawa gets lucky with a total eclipse on January 20/21, 2019. There is a special filter called a baader for use with cameras, binoculars and telescopes.
A great warm up event for the eclipse is the Perseid meteor shower, expected to peak August 12/13th. If you get away from light pollution, you can take in what’s expected to be 100 meteors per hour!