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Solar Eclipse Safety

A total solar eclipse is set to occur on April 8, 2024, from Southern Ontario to Newfoundland with the rest of Canada experiencing a partial eclipse.  This is a rare and exciting event, but can pose potential risks to vision if proper precautions are not taken.

During a solar eclipse, the moon moves between the sun and the earth, partially or completely blocking the sun’s rays.  Looking at the sun directly during an eclipse can lead to solar retinopathy, damaging the retina’s light-sensitive cells causing permanently reduced vision. 

To safeguard against eye damage, we recommend the use of specially designed solar filters such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers.  These filters should comply with the ISO 12312-2 safety standards, blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation as well as intense visible light.  These filters should be put on before looking up at the sun and kept on while viewing.  Even a brief look at the partially eclipsed sun can result in harm to the eyes.  Children may need extra supervision during eclipses as they may not fully comprehend the risks involved.

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