How To Prepare Yourself for the Solar Eclipse on Monday

As you know, the solar eclipse is happening this Monday, April 8th! While in Eastern Canada, there will be a full total eclipse, we will still get a partial one, about 40%. I remember the 2017 eclipse, which was my first experience. If you’ve never seen a solar eclipse before, I got you covered on how to prep for one:

2017 solar eclipse in Whitehorse, YT that I took a photo of.
  1. Purchase certified eclipse glasses: Protect your eyes by wearing eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Regular sunglasses are not enough to shield your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun during an eclipse.
  2. Plan your viewing location: Find a spot with a clear view of the sky, away from tall buildings and trees that could obstruct your view. Consider setting up a picnic or bringing a comfortable chair to enjoy the eclipse in style.
  3. Check the weather forecast: Make sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to the eclipse. Cloudy skies could obstruct your view of the eclipse, so it’s important to be prepared for any changes in the weather.
  4. Arrive early: Get to your viewing location early to secure a good spot and avoid any last-minute rush. This will also give you time to set up any equipment you may need, such as a camera or telescope.
  5. Use a solar filter for your camera or telescope: If you plan on capturing the eclipse with a camera or telescope, make sure to use a solar filter to protect your equipment from the intense sunlight. This will also help you get a clear and sharp image of the eclipse.
  6. Be prepared for the temperature drop: During a solar eclipse, the temperature can drop significantly as the moon blocks out the sun. Make sure to dress in layers and bring a jacket or blanket to stay warm during the event.
  7. Avoid looking directly at the sun: Even with eclipse glasses, it’s important to avoid looking directly at the sun for an extended period of time. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest to prevent any damage to your vision. This is probably the most important one if you care about your vision.

From what I’ve been reading, the eclipse around Yorkton should hit its maximum anywhere from 12:53-12:56pm. Honestly to be safe, I would head out at 12:45pm (1:45pm MB) just to make sure you hit the peak of the eclipse!

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