There’s a lot happening in the sky this month — meteor showers, a full moon and the much first total solar eclipse visible from North America since 1979.

The full solar eclipse will be visible across most of the United States. In Southern Ontario the moon will cover 76 per cent of the sun, making it only a partial eclipse from Brampton and the surrounding area.

Mark your calendars! For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and we're preparing to share this experience of a lifetime on Aug. 21. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event. More information is at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov Seen here is an image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by our Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space. Image Credit: NASA #Eclipse2017 #SolarEclipse #Eclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Astronomy #Science #Space #NASA #SDO

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Eclipses don’t come often — the next one will be in 2024 and the one after that in 2099. This one, in particular, will happen on August 21 and will begin at 1:1 p.m., reaching its maximum coverage at 2:32 p.m. and will conclude at 3:49 p.m.

If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, there are some ideal places south of the border where you can see the full eclipse.

If you plan to watch from Brampton, or the surrounding area the CNE, York University, Ontario Science Centre and Riverwood Conservatory are all hosting viewing parties.

You will need eclipse glasses to safely view the sun and the moon in action, according to NASA sunglasses won’t offer the proper protection.

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