City of Belleville – Total Solar Eclipse Tips

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The City of Belleville is encouraging residents to ensure they are prepared for the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, temporarily blocking the sun’s light. On April 8, Belleville will be in the ‘path of totality’ for the upcoming eclipse, meaning that the moon will completely block the face of the sun resulting in a short period of complete darkness in the region (as if it were dusk or nighttime).

While it will be a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime experience for most, there are a number of important considerations that should be taken into account in order to participate safely and ensure you are prepared for the day’s event. These include:

· Purchasing/securing proper ISO certified solar eclipse glasses from a reputable vendor or a safe handheld solar viewer.

· Planning your viewing location in a safe, unobstructed area, close to your home.

· Ensuring you have taken care of any errands ahead of time (grocery shopping, etc.) to avoid potential traffic caused by an influx of visitors who may be coming to the city on the day.

· Consider downloading the What3Words app if you plan to view the event somewhere where it may be difficult to describe your location. This could help emergency services locate you should you need assistance.

On the day of the eclipse, it is crucial that you do not look at the eclipse, directly or indirectly, without the appropriate eye wear – doing so may cause damage to your retina.

For more information and helpful resources leading up to the event, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to the City’s Solar Eclipse webpage at: Belleville.ca/Eclipse.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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