Partial solar eclipse tomorrow morning

The moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun tomorrow, meaning the world is coming to an end people in eastern Nunavut, central Russia and northern China will be able to witness the wonder and eye damage that is a total solar eclipse.

Here’s the bad news for Montrealers:

  • The best we’ll get is a partial eclipse. The total eclipse path is way north of here, so the moon is only going to take a small chunk out of the sun from our perspective
  • We’re at the western tip of the eclipse path, which means it will just be ending as the sun rises. If you’re not somewhere that has a very clear view of the horizon, you most likely won’t see it.
  • Weather tomorrow calls for cloudy with clear breaks, so it’ll be hit and miss whether you can see anything at all.
  • The next partial eclipse that is visible from here (at a time not within minutes of sunrise or sunset) will be in August 2017. Other partial eclipses in 2021 and 2023. The next total eclipse through Montreal will be on the afternoon of April 8, 2024, and the one following that just after sunrise on July 23, 2093. (I think I’m working that day.)

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