Today's the day guys!! The first solar eclipse in a 100 years from coast to coast. It's something you can tell your grandkids about and use as an excuse to get tf out of the office, which makes it monumental in our books. Here's exactly what you need to know about this insane astronomical event.
What is it?
A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the surface of the sun, making only its outer edge or corona visible. This'll make the everything dark for a short period of time. Though this definitely isn't the first eclipse in our lifetime, it's special because it's whole and visible nation-wide.
When is it happening?
In Canada? 1:15pm EST or 10:15AM PST.
How long will it last?
It'll take about 90 minutes for the moon to fully cover the sun but the actual dark period will only last 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Will I be able to see it?
In Canada? Yes. According to NASA, anyone within 70 miles of the eclipse's "path of totality" can see the total eclipse. And if not the total, you can definitely see it partially. Regina will see about 80 % of an eclipse, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto 70 to 75 %. Ottawa and Montreal will see a 60 to 70 % partial eclipse, while people in Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s will see 60% or less.
Am I allowed to look at it?
Yes! But also no. Looking at the eclipse directly with your naked eye can actually cook your retinas. Resulting in permanent vision damage and even blindness. You should be using special eclipse glasses if you plan on looking at the eclipse. You can cop some from your local Best Buy super quick or try your luck on Kijji!
Will it really f*ck me up to look at it without special glasses?
YES. Do NOT attempt.
Can I insta-it?
Of course. Just make sure NOT to take off your special eclipse glasses when snapping. Pros suggest not zooming to keep your quality as high as possible.
Where can I get more details?
Why the NASA website of course! Click here for updates and online streams. Happy viewing y'all!