Solar Eclipse (Medium.com)

On Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Experts say Victoria will be one of the prime viewing spots!

The eclipse will begin at 9:08 am in Victoria and end at 11:38 am with the peak expected to be at 10:20 am.

According to NASA, this will be the first time in 99 years that such an eclipse will be observable throughout North America. You can catch the next one in 2045, but it won’t be as intense an eclipse as this Monday’s.

“Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day,” NASA said in a release. “A partial eclipse will be viewable across all of North America.”

Fortunately, the Victoria area will be able to see a 90 per cent solar eclipse!

Safety First

If you’re planning to watch the whole eclipse, be sure to grab some special eclipse glasses to make sure your eyes are protected.

London Drugs has eye protection on sale now, but their stocks are running low. Their online store currently states that they’re sold out and only certain locations still have products available.

You should never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except possibly during the “totality” stage of an eclipse. But with only 90% totality in Victoria, it’ll be best to stay on the safe side.

However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing through a filtering device and indirect viewing, such as with a pinhole projector (see video below).

NASA will also be providing a live feed during the eclipse.