On April 8, 2024, at approximately 3:24 p.m. SDG Counties and the surrounding region will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event, a total solar eclipse. A narrow band, known as the ‘path of totality’ will transit across our region, as the Moon completely blocks the Sun and turns day into night for a little more than two minutes. Municipalities in Ontario that are within this narrow band of totality are bracing for a mass migration of eclipse enthusiasts that are expected to travel to view the spectacle.
While SDG Counties always welcomes visitors, there is the potential for tens of thousands of travellers to call on our region to enjoy the eclipse, presenting challenges with respect to traffic congestion and safety, while also placing a drain on local resources.
- Partial eclipse: Happens when the Sun is partially obscured by the Moon.
- Annular eclipse: Happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the star.
- Total eclipse: Happens when the Moon completely covers the face of the Sun. To see it, you must be somewhere within a narrow path of totality. On April 8, 2024 much of SDG Counties will be included in the path of totality.
During an eclipse it is harmful to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection when the Moon begins to transit across the Sun. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will INSTANTLY cause severe eye injury.
Use approved eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality to safely look up. One can view the eclipse directly WITHOUT proper eye protection ONLY when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face – during the brief and spectacular period known as totality.
*As soon as even a little bit of the bright Sun reappears after totality, immediately put eclipse glasses back on.*
Path of totality
Every 18 months or so - somewhere in the world - a total solar eclipse takes place. The total phase of the eclipse, where the Moon completely covers the Sun, is visible along a narrow path of totality. Typically, the path is around 15,000 km (9,000 miles) long, but only about 150 km (90 miles) wide.
Check out this map and animation, which shows when, where and how the eclipse will evolve across Ontario.
All about eclipses
Check out these important tips and info that detail the 2024 total solar eclipse in SDG Counties.