Last updated 2024-February-16

There is a solar eclipse in the afternoon on Monday April 8, 2024!

You can find the following on this page:

The Astronomy & Physics department plans to host an event here on SMU campus for safe solar observing - with some solar telescopes and eclipse glasses in the afternoon on April 8, 2024!

For more information, you can contact the Observatory using the information on the Contact Us page or by email at info@observatory.smu.ca 

The eclipse in Halifax:

Halifax is not in the path of totality, but will instead experience roughly 95% eclipse so the entire event will require proper eye protection in Halifax!

  • Start time (first contact): 3:27pm
  • Maximum Eclipse (0.946 magnitude, roughly 94.3% of the sun's disk obscured): 4:38pm
  • End time (last contact): 5:44pm

The website TimeandDate.com has an interactive map for finding eclipse timings for any location along the path.

Eclipse Safety:

The total solar eclipse will be a spectacular sight! Solar eclipses do not make the sun more dangerous than a normal day, but there is increased temptation to look at the sun during a solar eclipse (understandably!). However, it is not safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection, including safe solar filters for binoculars or telescopes or eclipse safety glasses for our eyes. Regular sunglasses are NOT sufficient for observing the sun safely. 

Eclipse Glasses:

On the day-of the eclipse, SMU will have eclipse glasses for the public to use on SMU campus.

If you plan on purchasing eclipse glasses, buy them early! Many distributors are likely to sell out as there are roughly 40 million people that live in the path of totality throughout North American and millions (many millions!!!) more that are expected to observe the solar eclipse on April 8. During the last total solar eclipse to sweep through North America in August 2017, an estimated 88% of all US adults observed the eclipse in some way! This is to say - get your eclipse glasses asap!

Discover The Universe has provided resources online regarding information about eclipse glasses and where to find them.

Purchase eclipse glasses online from:

Or you could purchase directly from an eclipse glasses manufacturer:

Be very cautious about where you're ordering eclipse glasses from, as not all are made the same and protecting your eyes is of the utmost importance. The glasses must comply with the ISO 12312-2:2015 standard. All places named above offer ISO certified glasses.

Additional Eclipse Resources:

The most important information: DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER EYE PROTECTION, SUCH AS ECLIPSE GLASSES. The safest way to look at the sun is to NOT LOOK AT IT DIRECTLY AT ALL, AND INSTEAD OBSERVE THE SHADOWS ON THE GROUND. The student in the photo above had special solar filters on the telescopes allowing for safe observations. 

Undergraduate student Katherine Myers using the Burke-Gaffney Observatory rooftop observation to observe the sun safely through a Dobsonian telescope with a solar filter. A dedicated H-alpha solar telescope is also seen on the roof.
Undergraduate student Katherine Myers using the Burke-Gaffney Observatory rooftop observation to observe the sun safely through a Dobsonian telescope with a solar filter in October 2023.