Plus, how to watch it along with us right here in Banff and Jasper.
We are very excited about the upcoming Solar Eclipse, which will roll over our world next Monday! It's definitely going to be a thrill. If you're here in Banff and Jasper join us! If you're far away and want to experience it as it goes over our neck of the woods, see the list below of where we're going to be going live.We have some of the best vantage points and lookouts in the region, so we're expecting something stunning.
In preparation for the eclipse, here are the basics you need to know:
- A Solar Eclipse is a lineup of the sun, the moon and earth. The moon, directly between the sun and earth, casts a shadow on our planet. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the 'umbra'), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the 'penumbra'), you’ll see a partial eclipse.
- This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States and Canada in 38 years. It will be totally visible in 12 of the United States. It will only be partially visible in all Canadian provinces.
- At 11am MDT on August 21, 2017 Banff National Park will experience a Partial Solar Eclipse with 80% of the sun obstructed by the moon. It’s going to be an amazing show here and also in Vancouver, where the sun will go dark at around 10am PDT! At 11:31am MDT in Glacier National Park, the Partial Solar Eclipse will be magnificent, where about 90% of the sun will be covered.
- If you are lucky enough to be in Nashville, Tennessee at 1:28 pm you are in for two minutes of complete darkness as the moon will totally block the sun. This is a very rare spot in the path of an eclipse, and it is happening in the USA!
- While it is safe to view the eclipse at its peak totality (the time when the sun is completely obstructed) with the naked eye, during the entire event you should wear protective solar viewing glasses. These protective shades make it possible for observers to look directly at the sun before and after totality. Sunglasses are NOT protective solar viewing glasses. Take care of your eyes!
- North Americans will not experience another Total Solar Eclipse until April 8, 2024. That one will be seen from Mexico up through Texas, the Midwest United States, parts of New England, and Eastern Canada.
Here's what we have planned to share this amazing event with you:
Stay tuned to our Facebook pages for live video as the eclipse rolls across!