Science North hosting partial eclipse party

A full eclipse in the U.S. and partial eclipse in Canada will darken the skies this afternoon

Staff scientists will be helping viewers watch the afternoon phenomena safely

Science North will be holding an eclipse party around 1:00 p.m. (David Gray/Reuters)

A full eclipse in the U.S. and partial eclipse in Canada will darken the skies this afternoon, and Science North in Sudbury is inviting people to watch the phenomena at their eclipse party around 1:00 p.m.

Staff scientists will be there watching through a filtered telescope. Special viewing glasses will also be available. 

Olathe MacIntyre, staff scientist Science North, said the eclipse won't be a total eclipse because of Sudbury's latitude.

"We'll have about a 70 percent coverage of the sun," MacIntyre said. "So the moon is just going to pass in front of the sun, but we are still going to see a crescent of sunlight above the moon."

Olate MacIntyre says that special goggles, available at Science North, will enable viewers to get a look at today's eclipse. (Jason Turnbull CBC)

The path of totality — or the regions that will get a complete eclipse — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the U.S. heartland all the way to Charleston, S.C. Those on the outskirts — well into Canada, Central America and even the top of South America — will be treated to a partial eclipse.

A map of the the path of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. (CBC News)

Because northerners won't be seeing it as a total eclipse here, the phemomena isn't as dangerous, MacIntyre said.

"With a total eclipse that's where you run into people staring at it longer, but with a partial eclipse it's uncomfortable to look at the sun too long still so we're quite safe here."

Though there won't be a total eclipse in Canada, B.C. will experience the most extensive partial coverage in the country with Victoria seeing a 90 per cent eclipse and Vancouver seeing 86 per cent.

MacIntyre says in case of rain, they will move inside to the Discovery Theatre and watch the live steam of the NASA broadcast.

CBC’s Bob McDonald answers questions about the upcoming solar eclipse, saying it will be a “sight to behold.” 19:48

With files from Jan Lakes

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