Total Solar Eclipse 2024

Preparing Grimsby residents for the Total Solar Eclipse

With the Total Solar Eclipse only days away, Town Staff and Council are hoping residents will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime rare phenomenon.

To do so, some safety precautions are recommended as Niagara will be one of the best places in Canada to view the Total Solar Eclipse, and hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to come to our region, likely passing through Grimsby.

We are excited to be a part of this unique opportunity and hope residents make the most of this historic event.

Be safe and have fun!

 

Below are some things for residents to know:

Town Hall Operations

Town of Grimsby will be operating as normal on April 8th, however unexpected delays may be possible due to unforeseen circumstances on the day of the eclipse.

 

Branded Solar Eclipse glasses

The Town of Grimsby, along with the Grimsby Library, Grimsby Museum, and the Peach King Centre are officially out of Solar Eclipse glasses. 

 

Total Solar Eclipse Details

On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will take place over southern Ontario, with the moon passing between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun completely and turning the sky dark enough to see the stars.

This rare astronomical event will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred over Ontario was in 1979, and the next one will not return to the Niagara Region until 2144. 

Niagara will be one of the best places in Canada to view the eclipse and thousands of visitors are expected to be here to share it with us.

The total Solar Eclipse will be visible in North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The moon is expected to completely cover the sun in the direct path of totality, making this a rare opportunity to observe this phenomenon. To see this rare and natural phenomenon you must be somewhere in the “path of totality.” 

During a total Solar Eclipse, the path of totality is a narrow corridor approximately 100 to 115 km wide where the sun appears to be completely covered by the moon for a short period of time (between 2 and 3 minutes). This is the most spectacular part of the eclipse, as those who are lucky enough to be in this corridor are able to see the sun's corona, the chromosphere, prominences and streamers.

In Grimsby, the partial eclipse will begin at approximately 2:04 p.m., with the start time of totality at 3:18 p.m. The total duration of the totality will be 2 mins 47 secs.

The eclipse must be viewed through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer to avoid damaging your eyes.

 

Resources

Residents are encouraged to visit the Town of Grimsby’s social media channels for ongoing updates regarding the Solar Eclipse. You can also call 2-1-1 to receive up to date information on any impacts to community and social services. And as always, for any emergencies where the safety of people or property is at risk, dial 9-1-1.

 

Protect your peepers!

WARNING: Looking directly at the uncovered Sun without protection can cause retinal burns, sight loss or blurred vision. There are no pain sensors in your retinas to tell you that your eyes are being damaged. Once symptoms begin, the damage is usually too late to reverse.
  • Use only ISO-certified eclipse glasses meeting ISO 12312-2 standards from a reputable vendor, and be sure to read the instructions on the glasses.
  • Don’t use scratched or damaged eclipse glasses, ordinary sunglasses, or do-it-yourself filters.
  • Never look directly at the covered or uncovered Sun without proper eye protection, even though it may be tempting during an eclipse. It is recommended that you keep proper eye protection on for the entirety of the eclipse.
  • Make sure children keep their eclipse glasses on.
 

How to safely watch a Solar Eclipse:

 

   

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Here are some tips to prepare for the Solar Eclipse in Grimsby 

 
  • Expect crowds, lines, and traffic. Have snacks, water, entertainment, and first-aid supplies on hand.
  • Fill up your gas tank, get groceries and run errands before the eclipse.
  • Reschedule appointments if you’re able.
  • Buy eclipse glasses in advance.
  • Check travel conditions and road closures on Ontario 511.
  • Plan for childcare on April 8 as most schools in Grimsby will be closed.
  • Make sure children know how to view the eclipse safely.
  • Have an emergency kit and preparedness plan for potential disruptions.
  • Call 211 or check your local municipality’s website for service changes, closures and more.
  • And remember, during totality (when the moon completely covers the sun), the sky will turn dark creating a brief period of total darkness during the day.

Traffic Congestion

 
  • Based on past Total Solar Eclipse elsewhere (Oregon 2017), Niagara is expected to experience a very high influx of visitors travelling to see this event from near and far (worldwide). Some are estimating anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million making their way through Niagara to experience this rare celestial event.
  • Highway traffic flow leading up to (and immediately after) the eclipse is likely to be congested. This may result in travellers attempting to find alternate routes on our municipal and regional roadways, impacting the delivery of essential services to the Town of Grimsby.
  • Follow local directives and road signage as you travel on April 8. While travelling on highways, don't stop, take pictures, or get out of your car to view the eclipse.
  • If you plan to attend a viewing party, we suggest you attend one that is in walking distance. However, if you need to travel to an event, be prepared to stay late and anticipate a long and slow drive home.

Public Parks and Parking in Grimsby

 
  • Residents or visitors are not permitted to camp overnight within our parks.
  • Drivers should keep an eye on all signage to ensure they are parking legally to provide room for emergency vehicles.
  • Residents are asked to keep all sidewalks clear of vehicles to ensure safe passage for pedestrians.
  • For a full copy of the Parking By-law, please visit the frequently request By-laws at https://www.grimsby.ca/en/town-hall/by-laws.aspx.

Backyard Safety Viewing Party

 

We also want to ensure you’re having fun and making memories while enjoying the Total Solar Eclipse. The safest, and probably the most fun place to view the eclipse is right from your home and you should be able to view the eclipse with little to no effort! If you can see the sun from your house on a normal day, you will have a great view of the eclipse.

 

Below are some fun activities for individuals of any age to enjoy on the day of the Total Solar Eclipse:

  • Solar Eclipse arts and crafts > paint rocks, create and launch rockets, make a sun dial, or glow in the dark party favours.
  • Create a Solar Eclipse food theme > Sun Chips, Milky Way Bars, ‘Sun Tea,’ Sunny D, Orbit Gum, Starburst, ‘Sunflower’ Seed Hummus Dip, Moon/Sun Sugar Cookies, Moon Pies.
University of Toronto (Registration Required): https://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/s/731/form-blank/index.aspx?sid=731&pgid=22396&gid=1&cid=36766&ecid=36766&post_id=0

Niagara Region State of Emergency

 
  • The Niagara Region has officially declared a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). This has been done to strengthen the tools the Region has at its disposal to safeguard the health and safety of residents and visitors and protect our critical infrastructure in any scenario that may arise. As such, any resident travelling to Niagara Falls should be aware of the many roadways that will be closed to vehicular traffic on April 8, so please plan ahead to adjust any travel plans.
What is a total Solar Eclipse?

A Solar Eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. A total Solar Eclipse is the same process, but the moon completely blocks the sun. Being in the direct path, Grimsby will experience a dark sky, and the sun's corona will be visible for approximately 3-5 minutes. It is unsafe to look at the eclipse without specialized eye protection.

 

Visit Niagara Region's website for Solar Eclipse Safety (External link).

https://www.niagararegion.ca/solar-eclipse/safety.aspx

When is the total Solar Eclipse?
The next total Solar Eclipse to be visible in Canada will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, when the path of totality will cross Mexico, the United States and eastern Canada.
What is the path of totality?

During a total Solar Eclipse, the path of totality is a narrow corridor approximately 100 to 115 km wide where the Sun appears to be completely covered by the Moon for a short period of time (between 2 and 3 minutes).

What should be used to watch a Solar Eclipse?
During any Solar Eclipse, it is imperative 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.

 

Never look directly at the uncovered Sun without proper eye protection, even though it may be tempting during an eclipse. It is recommended that you keep proper eye protection on for the entirety of the eclipse.

 

Learn more at Niagara Region's website (External link). https://www.niagararegion.ca/solar-eclipse/safety.aspx

Where can I get Solar Eclipse safety glasses?

If you are looking to purchase your own eclipse glasses, follow the link for a reputable list of dealers for eclipse glasses across North America. 

 

Remember to look for the following certification when purchasing: ISO 12312-2

Is the Town of Grimsby holding organized events to view the Solar Eclipse?

The Town of Grimsby is not organizing Town-led events to view the eclipse.

  

IMPORTANT LINKS:

 

Niagara Region: Solar Eclipse Safety

https://www.niagararegion.ca/solar-eclipse/safety.aspx

 

Reputable and Safe Suppliers of Solar Eclipse Glasses

https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/viewers-filters

 

Government of Canada: Your guide to Solar Eclipses

https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/eclipses/solar-eclipses.asp

 

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

https://rasc.ca/eclipse2024

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/where-when/

 

Eclipse2024.org

https://eclipse2024.org/

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