timberland womans boots Canadians take in partial eclipse across nation
Canadians across the country put on protective glasses, glanced through solar telescopes and scrutinized pinhole projectors to take in a partial solar eclipse Monday. But Canadians still turned out in large numbers for a celestial show.
Victoria had the best view of the event, with 90 per cent of the sun blocked out above the British Columbia capital. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada said Vancouver enjoyed 86 per cent coverage, Calgary 77 per cent, Toronto 70 per cent and Halifax 48 per cent.
Many who watched the eclipse expressed enthusiasm and awe at the sight of the sun slowly being partially covered by the moon. MacMillan Space Centre, where a large crowd broke into a cheer when the eclipse reached its peak.
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expected people. I didn expect this many, he said. great that people are fascinated. It just goes to show just how much people are interested in the universe. many donned special glasses before turning their gaze to the sky, others made pinhole projectors out of shoeboxes and cereal boxes, which allow viewers to look at a reflection of the sun on the inside of the box rather than looking at it directly and damaging their eyes.
Arman Tavakoli, 28, and Louise Harding, 24, made a pinhole projector because they had heard eclipse glasses were sold out everywhere.
a cool science thing. You get to make your own device and look at it, said Tavakoli, a math student.
Warning: These guys went partially blind from eclipse Solar telescopes were another way some were watching the eclipse.
Mankaran Chani was one of them. The 12 year old said he was really interested in the science behind the eclipse.
interesting how the moon can overshadow the sun even though the sun is much bigger than the moon, he said.
In Calgary, close to 2,
000 sun watchers were lined up at the Telus Spark science centre when it opened its doors. Most rushed to a long line of tables to build their own eclipse viewers.
did try and get the eclipse glasses and were unable to because they were sold out across Calgary so we got the next best thing, said Sarah Bain, who was there with her husband Cory and five year old twins Nolan and Elizabeth. figured why don we come as a family and enjoy the day.
kind of experiences come once in a lifetime or maybe once in every 20 or 30 years so when you have the opportunity you take it and see what nature has to show us, she said.
Luis Canora, 24, of Mississauga, Ont., was there to watch his first partial eclipse.
people have to travel really far just to even see an eclipse. The fact that this is happening in our own backyard is amazing, he said.
Burlington, Ont., resident Jason Continenza shared that enthusiasm, saying he came down to the CNE with his family so he could catch the eclipse with the masses.
it actually happening, she said. think it really interesting because you can kind of make out the moon. Momin Gilani, of Markham, Ont., said he was already looking forward to the next solar eclipse in 2024, when parts of Canada will see a total eclipse.