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  • August 15, 2017

Partial solar eclipse on August 21

  • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Photo: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (Marc Jobin)

An extremely rare astronomical event

On August 21, 2017, between 1:22 and 3:50 p.m., the Sun, the Moon and the Earth will line up to produce a partial solar eclipse in Montréal (maximum of 58% at 2:38 p.m.) and a total eclipse in the United States.

Free activities all day at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

To celebrate this exceptional natural event, Montréal Space for Life is inviting members of the public and astronomy buffs to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium for a variety of free special activities. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., experts from the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Quebec vision professionals and members of the Société d'astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal will be on hand to answer questions and explain how to observe the eclipse safely. You can watch the free 25-minute Eclipse show, explaining how solar and lunar eclipses work. And just in case the weather doesn’t co-operate, images of the total eclipse, visible in the United States, will be screened in the Planetarium lobby.

It’s an opportunity you won't want to miss, since the next solar eclipse in Montréal won’t be until 2024!

Information on the solar eclipse: espacepourlavie.ca/en/eclipse2017

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