Aug 21, 2017

By Christine Ross

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Huge crowds gathered on the lawn at the Ontario Science Centre and other viewing parties in Toronto Monday afternoon to watch the partial solar eclipse.

photo: Toronto Star

Canadians didn’t witness the total eclipse, like they did from Oregon to South Carolina in the U-S. The best spot in Canada was Victoria, where crowds were treated to a glimpse of the moon obscuring 90 per cent of the sun. In Toronto, it was about 70 percent at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Outdoor swimming pools were closed in Toronto during the height of today’s solar eclipse. That’s because of low sunlight levels and as a precaution so swimmers wouldn’t look up at the sky without protective eyewear. This is expected to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. If you missed out on today’s eclipse, you only have to wait seven more years for a total solar eclipse in Southern Ontario. Eye doctors warned that viewing Monday’s eclipse without proper safety glasses could cause serious eye damage suggesting the safest way to watch is on TV or online.

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