Information about the April 8 Solar Eclipse

Posted on Wednesday April 03, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, communities across North America, including the City of Woodstock, will experience a total solar eclipse. While Woodstock is outside of the path of totality, it will experience a partial eclipse beginning just after 2 p.m. The maximum effect of the eclipse will occur at 3:17 p.m. and should be complete by 4:30 p.m.

There are no planned impacts to City programs, services or schedules. Residents are encouraged to follow recommendations from experts including the Canadian Space Agency and Emergency Management Ontario and the Canadian Association of Optometrists that provide guidance on how to keep safe and protect your vision.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun resulting in the moon casting a shadow over earth. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the face of the sun, somewhere within a narrow Path of Totality. The Path of Totality is approximately 100 to 115 kilometres wide where the sun appears to be completely covered for a short time. Areas outside the path will only see a partial eclipse. The percentage will depend on the distance from the path. The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds. The partial phases leading up to and following totality last about one hour and 20 minutes.

During any solar eclipse, it is essential to wear special glasses with filters designed for eclipse watching (ISO 12312-2 international standard) to prevent eye damage. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes sufficiently. The Government of Canada provides important information on how to safely watch a solar eclipse.

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