Solar Eclipse FAQs

What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth that either fully or partially blocks the Sun's light in some areas (NASA, 2023).

Image shows the moon blocking the sun's light creating a shadow on the earth.

When is the next solar eclipse? There are two upcoming eclipses in the next few months:

Annular Eclipse: 

  • Date: Oct. 14, 2023
  • Path: Parts North, Central, and South America. None of the path of the annular eclipse will be in Canada so this eclipse will be a partial eclipse where visible in Canada. 
  • To see if it will be visible in your area:  https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2023-october-14

Total Solar Eclipse - The main event!

  • April 8, 2024 
  • Path: Parts of Canada and the United States. Provinces that will have areas under totality include parts of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Areas outside the path will see a partial eclipse.
  • To see if it will be visible in your area: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8

What is the 'path of totality'? The path of totality is a relatively narrow area on the Earth's surface caused by the moon's shadow during a total solar eclipse. In this area, the moon will completely block the Sun's light temporarily resulting in a total solar eclipse being visible. Areas outside of the path of totality will experience a partial eclipse instead of a total eclipse.

Why do I need eclipse glasses? Looking directly at the sun can cause damage to your eyes. This damage may be temporary or even permanent. The filters in our eclipse glasses meet international standards (ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified) to protect your eyes so that you can safely enjoy this amazing event.

Warning: Never look at the sun without special eye protection. When viewing the eclipse, use the eclipse glasses at all times when any part of the sun is visible. Direct viewing of the sun can cause permanent damage if the proper precautions are not taken. Adequate eye protection specifically designed for viewing the sun is essential and should be worn so that no harmful rays from the sun can reach the eye.

How do I use eclipse glasses? Inspect each time before use. Do not use and discard if damaged, torn, punctured, or separated from the frame in any way. Do not use with other optical devices. This is not a toy. Children should only use with adult supervision. Limited to 3 minutes continuous use, intermittently for several hours. When using this product, do not move around, drive a motor vehicle, or operate machinery. Do not use with diseased eye or after eye surgery. Clean with a soft cloth or tissue only. Discard and do not use after 3 years.