How and when to watch the solar eclipse in Victoria

How and when to watch the solar eclipse in Victoria

WATCH: Experts say Victoria will be one of the prime viewing spots for next Monday’s solar eclipse. Here’s how to do it safely.

On Monday, Aug. 21, people in the Victoria area will be able to see a 90 per cent solar eclipse.

Experts warn that proper safety equipment is necessary to avoid eye damage.

Doctors say sunglasses are not dark enough to protect your eyes, instead, solar glasses are necessary.

“The harmful rays are still coming through but we don’t have the brightness, so we can actually look at it and think we are actually not getting those harmful rays into the back of the eye, and in fact we are,” says Dr. Stephen Taylor, owner of the Mayfair Optometric Clinic.

Unfortunately, on Monday Taylor says he couldn’t find a place in Victoria that still has them in stock.

As a result, he’s recommending that people join a viewing event staffed by experts where proper gear will be on hand to use.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be hosting three events at the following locations:

  • in front of the Bell Tower at the Royal B.C. Museum at 675 Belleville Street in Victoria
  • at the Cricket Pitch in Metchosin behind the Fire Hall at 4400 Happy Valley Road
  • at Mount Tolmie Park off Cedar Hill X Road in Saanich

The observatory at the University of Victoria’s Bob Wright Centre will also be hosting a special viewing event.

The eclipse will take place Monday, August 21, 2017, beginning at 9:08 a.m. and ending at 11:38 a.m.

The eclipse’s peak is predicted to happen at 10:20 a.m.

Experts say the last major eclipse seen in Victoria was back in 1979.

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