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From the CBC archives: 'The great eclipse' of the sun, 1979

On this day 36 years ago, Winnipeggers witnessed a rare event in the sky: a total eclipse of the sun.
In this 24 Hours segment, the CBC's John Robertson discusses a total solar eclipse from Feb. 26, 1979, with the director of the Manitoba Planetarium, Robert Ballantyne, and CBC producer Earl Barnholden. 5:07

On this day 36 years ago, Winnipeggers witnessed a rare event in the sky: a total eclipse of the sun.

The "great eclipse" of Feb. 26, 1979, was captured on film by astronomy buffs both on the ground and in the sky.

The CBC-TV footage shows a total solar eclipse over Winnipeg on Feb. 26, 1979. (CBC)
"For many people, the excitement of Monday's big event will last for a long time," John Robertson said in this 24 Hours segment from March 2, 1979.

Robertson discussed the eclipse with Earl Barnholden, producer of the CBC program Solar Magic, and co-host Robert Ballantyne, who was also director of the Manitoba Planetarium.

Barnholden shared some bonus footage of the eclipse that was shot by CBC videographers aboard a Lear jet that the show had hired for the occasion.

Click on the video player to watch the full interview.

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