Eclipse on the Escarpment: Celestial viewing and educational exhibits

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Event Info

Join Us for Eclipse on the Escarpment: Celestial viewing and educational exhibits at Brock University on April 8th, 2024

Witness the Marvel of the Cosmos

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable celestial event! On April 8th, 2024, Brock University invites you to experience the magic of a Solar Eclipse like never before. Join us for a day filled with science, wonder and discovery as we gather to witness this rare cosmic phenomenon.

 

Why attend?

Scientific Benefit: Expand Your Cosmic Understanding

Witness Science in Action

The Solar Eclipse Event isn’t just about education; it’s an opportunity to witness groundbreaking scientific phenomena:

1. Rare Total Solar Eclipse: On April 8th, 2024, the Moon will completely obscure the Sun, casting a shadow on Earth. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of a total solar eclipse, a rarity that won’t occur again in this area until 2044.

2. Scientific Observations: Scientists will be on hand to conduct experiments and observations during the eclipse. Witness firsthand the valuable data collected for ongoing scientific research.

3. Citizen Science: Be a part of citizen science projects, contributing to our understanding of the universe. Your observations and data collection can help scientists make new discoveries about our solar system.

4. Astronomical Community: Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for astronomy and space exploration. Forge connections with scientists, educators, and fellow enthusiasts who can inspire your cosmic journey.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a solar eclipse and expand your knowledge of the cosmos. Join us at Brock University on April 8th, 2024, and be a part of an event that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the universe.

Save the Date Today!

Come curious, leave enlightened! See you at the Solar Eclipse Event at Brock University on April 8th, 2024.

The event at Brock begins at 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. April 8th, on Brock University Campus. The maximum eclipse – when the moon is closest to the center of the sun –  occurs at 3:19 p.m.

This FREE event is open to the public. Please note: Parking on Brock campus is paid and delivered through the HONK app. You can download the HONK app before the event to expedite the process if desired.

A limited number of viewing glasses are available for free. First come, first served.

Visitors may join us both outside (weather permitting) and inside at the Ian Beddis Gymnasium where the educational booths will offer programming to our guests.

Educational Benefit: Explore the Universe Up Close

At the Solar Eclipse Event, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the educational wonders of our solar system. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Educational Booths: Engage in captivating educational experiences led by esteemed scientists and experts on a range of topics related to the eclipse. We have representatives from Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and Earth Sciences attending the booths to provide a wide range of scientific exploration of the eclipse.

2. Solar Observations: Safely observe the Sun through specialized glasses and viewing apparatus with the guidance of experienced staff and faculty.

3. Astronomical Insights: Gain valuable insights into the science of eclipses, their historical significance, and their cultural importance throughout the ages. Expand your knowledge of astronomy and the cosmos.

4. Hands-On Activities: Participate in hands-on activities designed for all ages.

5. Special Guests: We welcome the Seti Institute from California, Niagara College – Photonics Program, and Space Place Canada

We are also pleased to include  Niagara Geopark as a guest/partner.

Department/OrganizationBooth Title
Mathematics and StatisticsIs the sun really bending space and time?
PhysicsWhat is an eclipse?
Computer ScienceLunar Rover Simulation Experience
ChemistryCosmic Origins of the Elements
Earth ScienceThe History of the Moon
Earth ScienceImpact!
BiologyTBA
BiologyTBA
English"Dark shall by thy sun": Imagining eclipses in early modern England
SETI InstituteSETI Institute
Niagara CollegeSolar spectroscopy
Space Place CanadaSpace Place Canada
Niagara GeoparkNiagara Geopark

Please arrive up to 2 hours before the eclipse at 3:00pm. Consider arriving up to 2 hours early to avoid traffic. Please monitor your local weather and traffic sources, as well as local government announcements. There is the potential for traffic congestion due to the popularity of the eclipse. We advise using public transportation when possible.

Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse
Local Type: Total Solar Eclipse in St. Catharines, Ontario
Begins: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 2:04 pm
Maximum: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 3:19 pm 1.013 Magnitude
Ends: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 4:31 pm
Duration: 2 hours, 27 minutes
Totality: 3 minutes, 15 seconds
Time Phase Event Direction Altitude
2:04:41 pm Mon, Apr 8
Partial Eclipse begins. The Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Map direction South-southwest199°

53.0°

3:18:15 pm Mon, Apr 8
Full Eclipse begins. The Sun becomes totally eclipsed. Map direction Southwest225°

45.8°

3:19:53 pm Mon, Apr 8
Maximum Eclipse. Moon is closest to the center of the Sun. Map direction Southwest225°

45.6°

3:21:30 pm Mon, Apr 8
Full Eclipse ends. The total eclipse ends. Map direction Southwest226°

45.4°

4:31:49 pm Mon, Apr 8
Partial Eclipse ends. The Moon leaves the Sun’s edge. Map direction West-southwest244°

34.9°

Safety

To ensure the safety of the Brock University community during this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, the following information has been provided to mitigate the hazards associated with viewing a solar eclipse.

Directly looking at the eclipse without proper eye protection can result in partial or total blindness if precautions are not taken. Despite the significance of this rare event, it is crucial to prioritize safety. If you plan to view the upcoming eclipse, high-quality eye protection is a must.

While Brock University will supply eclipse safety/viewing glasses while supplies last, those planning to purchase their own are advised to do so from authorized vendors meeting the required ISO-12312-2 safety standards for solar filters. Notably, caution is urged against purchasing eclipse safety glasses from Amazon if the product’s conformity with the required standards is uncertain.

Safety Equipment Advisory:

Sunglasses, regardless of their darkness, are deemed unsafe for eclipse viewing. For those purchasing their eclipse glasses or viewers, reputable companies providing up-to-standard eclipse eye protection include: · American Paper Optics · Lunt Solar Systems · Rainbow Symphony

Guidelines on How to Use Eclipse Safety Glasses:

Step 1: Turn away from the sky and locate your shadow. With your back to the sun, place your eclipse glasses over your eyes, ensuring you cannot see anything through the filters, and be aware of your surroundings.

Step 2: With your eyewear in place, turn back towards the sky to locate the now fainter Sun. If you struggle to find it, avoid removing your eye protection and seek assistance.

Step 3: During full totality, it is safe to briefly remove your eclipse glasses/viewer but ensure to put them back on before totality concludes. When in doubt, keep your eye protection on. For more safety instructions on viewing solar eclipses securely, refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) article.

References:

· American Astronomical Society

· Queens University- Solar Eclipse Publication

· Canadian Space Agency

Niagara Region official safety information.

During the solar eclipse, only look directly at the Sun if you are wearing certified solar eclipse glasses. You must make sure that the glasses satisfy the ISO 12312-2 safety standard.

Do not order eclipse glasses from places such as Amazon, as they may be fake or not up to standard. Certified glasses will be given out for free during the solar eclipse event at Brock University. If you wish to order your own glasses, a list of reputable sources can be found here: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters 

Looking directly at the Sun with the naked eye or through any device or filter other than ISO 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses may cause permanent damage and even blindness.

Totality is the short time when the Sun is totally eclipsed by the Moon, which lasts a few minutes at the most. During totality, and ONLY during totality, it is safe to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye.

However, it might be hard to tell exactly when the Sun is 100% eclipsed, so it is highly recommended not to look directly at the Sun if you are on your own, even during totality. Instead, you should attend the official eclipse event at Brock University, led by qualified experts. At the event, you will be informed when it is safe to look at the Sun.

An alternative to eclipse glasses is projecting the Sun using a pinhole projector or box projector. You can make these on your own or order them online.

Don’t worry – watching the solar eclipse can be 100% safe if you make sure to follow these important guidelines.

Event planning resources

General resources

https://eclipse2024resources.com/EN

Maps

Interactive Google Map from Eclipse2024.org, with link to community pages, videos, and more.

Interactive map from TimeAndDate.

Time and Date

Providing livestreams since 2016 by partnering with astronomers across the globe, Time and Date brings you images from the best locations with fascinating commentary. Stream will start at noon eastern daylight time.

Stream – On YouTube

Exploratorium 

For the last 20 years, Exploratorium has partnered with NASA to livestream solar eclipses. For this eclipse, they will be streaming from Texas starting at 2:00 pm eastern daylight time.

NASA

NASA’s live broadcast will include coverage from Texas, Indiana, and Ohio. The broadcast will provide a front-row seat to the eclipse and will feature NASA experts across the country explaining the science behind the eclipse and how NASA studies it.

NASA YouTube livestream

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Not organized yet, but hoping to livestream from Kingston.

https://www.parks.on.ca/

Plan to collaborate on Niagara to Newfoundland with Dunlap Observatory

Other resources

About solar eclipses

Great American Eclipse, covering the October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com 

NASA, 2017 total solar eclipse. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how 

NASA, 2024 total solar eclipse.  https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eclipses/2024/apr-8-total/overview/ 

NASA, Eclipses home. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eclipses/home/ 

CSA, When is the next solar eclipse? https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/eclipses/solar-eclipses.asp

Britannica, How Do You Tell the Difference Between Total, Annular, Solar, and Lunar Eclipses? https://www.britannica.com/story/how-do-you-tell-the-difference-between-total-annular-solar-and-lunar-eclipses 

TimeAndDate, How Often Do Solar Eclipses Occur? https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/how-often-solar-eclipse.html

Eclipse2024.org, Interactive 2024 eclipse simulation map https://eclipse2024.org/eclipse_cities/statemap.html

Other local events

Niagara Parks Solar Eclipse Event

Visit Niagara Parks to witness the 2024 solar eclipse in Niagara Falls – a once-in-a-generation spectacle!

Parking

Visit Brock Parking Services website for interactive maps and parking locations.

Please note: Parking on Brock campus is paid and delivered through the HONK app. You can download the HONK app before the event to expedite the process if desired.

Please arrive up to 2 hours before the eclipse at 3:00pm. Consider arriving up to 2 hours early to avoid traffic. Please monitor your local weather and traffic sources, as well as local government announcements. There is the potential for traffic congestion due to the popularity of the eclipse. We advise using public transportation when possible.

map image of the path of the total solar eclipse on April 8th