A rare sight!
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon places itself directly between the Earth and the Sun , hiding part or all of it . In southern Canada, the eclipse will be partial, that is, the Sun will not be completely hidden. In Montreal, the eclipse will already begun at sunrise, around 5 am 07 , and the maximum will be reached at 5:39. At this time, 79% of the surface of the Sun will be hidden by the Moon. An hour later, at 6:39, the eclipse will be over”
” Solar eclipses, even partial, are rare astronomical phenomena , because they are visible only in a limited area of the globe. It is truly a spectacle worth admiring! » Explains Frédérique Baron , astrophysicist at the University of Montreal.
It is in a corridor that stretches from northern Ontario and Quebec to Siberia, via Nunavut, that the spectacle will be the most impressive, because the silhouette of the Moon will come to be placed directly on the sun, hiding all its center and not leaving that a ring of u sun visible.
“ This is the first time that such an eclipse – an annular eclipse – has been observed in the Quebec sky since 1930! » Adds Nathalie Ouellette , iREx coordinator , also an astrophysicist at the University of Montreal .
Want to enjoy the eclipse ?
The Institute and its partners are participating in several initiatives to encourage you to get up early on June 1 0 to appreciate this rare event !
A aution! You should never observe the Sun directly, during an eclipse or at any other time. Even partially eclipsed, the Sun is still a serious danger to the retina.
“ To observe the Sun in a safe way, you have to use a solar filter that lets through only a tiny fraction of the light , in accordance with the standard [ ISO 12312-2: 2015 ] , or to follow the show indirectly, by using a projection mechanism. » .