Here is how to view Monday’s Solar Eclipse!

UPDATE — August 22nd, 2017
It was great to see everyone who stopped by to check out the solar eclipse yesterday! Here are a few photos of students and passersby who stopped to take a look through the telescope.

Original post — August 18th, 2017

As you may have heard, there is a solar eclipse on Monday, with the path of totality making its way across the United States. Ottawa won’t see anything nearly as dramatic, but it will still be a neat experience!

That being said, do not look directly at the sun without a proper ISO certified solar filter. If you don’t have one, here are a few ideas to enjoy the eclipse safely:

Here’s a simple project to make a pinhole viewer. If you have binoculars lying around, you can also make a projection viewer.

If you want a REALLY good view, there are two eclipse events happening in Ottawa, with solar telescopes available for viewing. If you can make it out to one, I highly suggest it. Solar scopes give a really great view.

Personally, I’m planning on setting up my telescope with a solar filter (note: nowhere near as cool as a proper solar telescope) in the courtyard next to Blyth Ottawa Upper Campus on Richmond Road, for the duration of the eclipse. I’ll also have filtered binoculars and solar glasses on hand. Feel free to drop by and have a peek!

Thanks for reading! I hope some of you make it out to one of the events!

Pavel Boudreau
Science Teacher
Blyth Academy Ottawa

time lapse drawing of what the solar eclipse will look like from Ottawa