36,000 sunglasses available to watch the eclipse in Burlington

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Published March 5, 2024 at 6:07 pm

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Burlington is rolling out the red carpet and welcoming visitors to experience the solar eclipse.

On April 8 the total eclipse will be visible in most North American locations. The eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth completely blocking the light.

The celestial event will happen around 3 p.m. and when it occurs, the skies will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. The longest period of darkness will last between three and four minutes but will take longer for the moon to completely pass.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and this is our chance to see it,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. “The community will come down to Spencer Smith Park anyway to witness it so we may as well roll out the welcome mat.”

The mayor said it was a major coup to receive the specially designed glasses for viewing. They were obtained through a partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University.

“We’ve taken some safety measures by securing 36,000 glasses…you heard that right, 36,0000…that’s phenomenal and we are looking forward to it,” she said.

Public and Catholic schools will be closed for a PA day on April 8 so kids will be able to attend the Burlington event.

Portable washrooms will be set up to accommodate the expected crowd and police will be available to direct traffic and to assist with people crossing the road.

According to the U.S.-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), safety precautions to protect your eyes should be taken when viewing the eclipse. You can learn about safety measures and more about the eclipse by following this link.

 

 

 

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