The Great American Solar Eclipse, the most anticipated celestial event this year, takes place on Monday, August 21, and the good news is that it will be partially visible from Brampton.


It’s the first full solar eclipse in North America since 1979. It will be visible in totality in a swath of the USA from approximately Charleston, South Carolina to Lincoln City, Oregon, but in the Brampton area, the moon will cover a generous 76 per cent of the sun.

76 per cent is still cool, though, since the next chance to see an eclipse isn’t until 2024, and the next one after that, 2099! It’s practically a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Monday’s eclipse will begin at 1:10 p.m., reaching its maximum coverage at 2:32 p.m. and will conclude at 3:49 p.m.

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’ll need eclipse glasses to safely view all of the action, and your shades aren’t enough: NASA warns that sunglasses are not sufficient protection. As of this writing genuine eclipse glasses are available at Best Buy and Mastermind Toys locations.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a nearly-full solar eclipse in action.