Special Event for the Total Solar Eclipse at the Macdonald Campus

Monday, April 8, 2024 14:00to17:00
Oval, John Abbott College https://maps.app.goo.gl/rCxtA68o6Nxm9jNb9

Join us for this historical event and experience Montreal's total solar eclipse right here on the Macdonald Campus! The next one is in 2106....do you really want to wait that long?

Free certified eclipse glasses and viewers will distributed on site. Multiple free, bilingual activities will be offered.

Get a safe, close up view of the eclipse through special solar telescopes with filters set-up by the John Abbott Space Club and volunteer astronomers. Experience the eclipse in large-scale pin hole projectors.

View the eclipse by crafting your own cereal box pinhole viewer, eclipse viewing mask and personalised image projection card. Share your thoughts and experience through a community art mural. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and MDA space will also have a booth on site.

In case of bad weather

The majority of activities will still run even in cloudy conditions or bad weather. Solar telescopes with filters will set-up outdoors with a live feed indoors. That way, if the clouds part enough for the eclipse to be seen, you will get a chance to see it! 

The event is offered by the John Abbott College Space Club and the John Abbott Physics Department in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Montreal Centre and the Office of Student Academic Services of the Macdonald Campus. Other partners include MDA Space, the Planétarium, the Candian Space Agency, the Trottier Space Institute at McGill, and Let's Talk Science at McGill University. 

Contact: ingrid.chiraz [at] mcgill.ca

Image: Phases of totality of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse observed from Salem, Oregon by the Williams College Expedition.

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