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Experience This Summer’s Solar Eclipse at the Manitoba Museum on August 21

Winnipeg, MB (August 17, 2017): On Monday, August 21, 2017, between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, the Manitoba Museum will be hosting a FREE Eclipse Viewing Party. When the sun and moon will align in the daytime sky, it will create a rare celestial sight: a solar eclipse. A terrific place to see this eclipse will be on the Plaza at the Manitoba Museum.

In partnership with the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, solar telescopes will be available to safely view the partial eclipse. Live views of the total eclipse will be televised from the centerline of its path with commentary by Planetarium astronomer, Scott Young. Millions of people are expected to travel to a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina to witness the first total eclipse easily accessible to North Americans since 1991. Totality (the fullest extent of the eclipse) will occur near noon Manitoba time. In the event of heavy cloud or rain, the Eclipse Viewing Party will move to the Museum’s auditorium on the lower level, with live feeds of the eclipse from sites where skies are clear.

From Winnipeg, the sun will be 70% eclipsed. Farther north, the moon will cover less of the sun, with only about half of the sun being covered when viewed from Churchill (See data below for information on the eclipse as seen from different locations in Manitoba.)

To prepare for the eclipse, you may want to see the Manitoba Museum’s new Planetarium show, Chasing the Shadow, (screening daily at 1 pm and 4 pm), which celebrates the science, history, and cultural impacts of eclipses. Audiences will discover how and why eclipses occur, and explore the effect they have had on our society and our scientific understanding of the solar system . Visitors will also learn how to safely view the partial eclipse in Manitoba, and see a recreation of the total eclipse as will be seen from the central United States.

To protect your eyes be sure to get your Eclipse Glasses – available for only $3 a pair from the Museum Shop (while supplies last). These eclipse glasses are certified safe for solar viewing, during an eclipse or any other time.(See more safe viewing practices below.)

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NOTE TO MEDIA – For those media outlets coming to the Manitoba Museum to view the eclipse on August 21, please ensure you have the proper lenses for your cameras.

About the Manitoba Museum – The Manitoba Museum is the province’s award-winning heritage and science centre. It is unique in its combination of human and natural history themes and renowned for its vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history, Planetarium shows, and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum features immersive dioramas, multi-dimensional interpretation, science and astronomy education, and quality school and community programs. The Museum has collected and protects over 2.8 million artifacts and specimens, including the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection. 

For more information, contact:
Jody Tresoor, Communications Specialist
Manitoba Museum
t: 204-988-0614
c: 204-294-4024
[email protected]

To arrange a remote radio interview from a site of the total eclipse, contact 
Scott Young, Manager of the Planetarium and Science Gallery
Manitoba Museum
t: 204-988-0627
c: 204-791-9169
[email protected]

Solar Eclipse 21 August 2017
Local Circumstances for Manitoba and Nunavut

Start Maximum End Maximum % Time Zone
Winnipeg MB 11:40 AM 12:57 PM 2:15 PM 70.8 % Central
Brandon MB 11:36 AM 12:53 PM 14:11 PM 73.1% Central
Dauphin MB 11:37 AM 12:52 PM 2:09 PM 69.0% Central
Thompson MB 11:44 AM 12:54 AM 2:05 PM 53.5% Central
Churchill MB 11:53 AM 12:58 PM 2:04 PM 43.2% Central
Rankin Inlet NU 12:00 PM 12:59 PM 1:59 PM 32.7% Central
Cambridge Bay NU 10:57 AM 11:49 AM 12:41 PM 24.5% Mountain

Direct sunlight can damage your eyes permanently. The eyes have no pain sensors so damage cannot be detected until after the fact. Looking at the sun through binoculars or a telescope will INSTANTLY blind you permanently.

Safe methods of observing the sun include:

  1. Eclipse Glasses: To protect your eyes, buy eclipse glasses (available at the Museum Shop for $3). To use them properly, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your eclipse glasses – do not remove your eclipse glasses while looking at the sun.
    • Eclipse glasses lenses are made from special-purpose solar filters that are hundreds of thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses. These glasses are so dark that the face of the sun is the only visible object when looking through them. They can be used to observe a solar eclipse or to look for sunspots on the sun’s surface.
    • ALWAYS INSPECT YOUR GLASSES – if there are scratches or damaged, discard and use a new pair.
    • ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN – never leave a child unattended during eclipse viewing using eclipse glasses as they may be tempted to remove the glasses and look at the sun without protection.
    • NOTE: Sunglasses, even multiple sunglasses stacked up, are never a safe substitute for eclipse glasses. Neither are smoked glass, photographic film, CDs or DVDs, or any other material. Even if the visible light is blocked by a material, the harmful ultraviolet and infrared light may still penetrate to damage your eyes.
  1. Telescopes: if you plan to observe the eclipse through a camera, binoculars, or a telescope, do so safely with the use of an eclipse filter that attaches to the front of the device (available by special order through the Museum Shop). Using eclipse glasses on a telescope is NOT a safe method – they are not powerful enough to protect your eyes from MAGNIFIED sunlight.
  1. Other eclipse viewing methods include:
    • #14 welder’s glass (no other # is safe)
    • Indirect projection of the sun’s image. This can include a pinhole camera, or using a telescope and eyepiece to project the sun’s image without looking through the telescope. Details of these methods can be found at NASA’s eclipse page, eclipse2017.nasa.gov.