On April 8, 2024, the skies over Quebec will come alive with an exceptional celestial spectacle: a total solar eclipse. This rare event offers a unique opportunity to observe the majesty of the universe, but it's essential to do so safely to protect your eyes. Here's how to make the most of this eclipse while preserving your vision.

What is a total solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, partially or totally blocking out the light. When an eclipse is total, the moon completely covers the solar disk, briefly plunging certain regions of the earth into darkness.

Where and when to observe a solar eclipse?

In Quebec, the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will offer an incomparable spectacle. Observers will have the chance to watch the sun disappear behind the moon for a few precious minutes. It's advisable to find out about times and safe viewing locations before the event.

The total eclipse zone takes the form of a corridor some 200 kilometers wide but over 14700 kilometers long, stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic, passing through Mexico, the United States (from Texas to Maine), southern and eastern Ontario (bordering lakes Erie and Ontario, and along the St. Lawrence), southern Quebec (Montreal, Montérégie, Eastern Townships, Centre-du-Québec, Beauce), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Protect your eyes!

Direct observation of the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can cause serious or even irreversible eye damage. It's imperative to use special solar filters or certified eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. These glasses must comply with the ISO 12312-2 standard for solar filters and eclipse glasses, and show no visible damage.

Tips for safe viewing

Use only safety-certified solar eclipse glasses. Inspect glasses carefully for damage before use. Never look directly at the Sun through an unfiltered optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope, without a suitable solar filter. Don't take risks with your vision: if you don't have the necessary equipment, consider viewing the eclipse online or through secure projections.

Enjoy the eclipse in complete safety

The solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 promises to be an unforgettable moment for astronomy enthusiasts and the curious. By taking the necessary precautions to protect your eyes, you can experience this rare event in complete safety. So mark this date in your diary, get your eclipse glasses ready and prepare to be amazed by the grandeur of the Universe.