On Monday August 21st (next week), there will be a Partial Solar Eclipse visible from Newfoundland. This eclipse has been widely covered in the news because a narrow strip of the United States will experience the event as a breathtaking Total Solar Eclipse.
If you’re anywhere outside of the narrow ‘Path of Totality’ on Monday, the eclipse will be a partial eclipse, still pretty cool but completely different from a total eclipse. The difference between a Partial and a Total Solar Eclipse is so vast it’s hard to explain it to someone who’s never seen one. Those who’ve seen both understand a Partial Solar Eclipse compares to a Total Solar Eclipse a bit like flying on an airplane compares to falling from an airplane. A BIG difference!
Here’s what you can expect to see from Newfoundland next week (clouds permitting), if for example you were to look up from Signal Hill in St. John’s at 4:29PM during the maximum obscuration of 31.7% at that location:
Like I said, it’s pretty cool! If you start watching a full hour earlier you can actually see the moon slide in front of the sun, and that can make you feel pretty small… Use this cool website to find the right time to look up from your location; to convert Universal Time (UT) to Newfoundland time just subtract 2.5 hours.
Have fun and stay safe: use eye protection when observing the eclipse.
For those who want to see a Total Solar Eclipse, travel to the Path of Totality this weekend or wait a few more years for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse over Newfoundland.
August 21 Update
Weather was fair above St. John’s this afternoon so I hope you had as good an eclipse as I had on Prince Edward Island. From my backyard, I was able to follow the entire show, and after it was done I made this collage: