A partial solar eclipse will pass through Winnipeg on Monday, August 21, 2017.
Manitobans will get 70% eclipse, while some areas in the United States will see a total solar eclipse. The closes total solar eclipse location from Winnipeg will be in Nebraska.
Here are some safety tips from the Manitoba Association of Optometrists:
- Because Manitoba will not experience a total eclipse, but only a 70% eclipse, there will
be no time when it is safe to view the eclipse without eclipse glasses.
- Before the eclipse, check your eclipse shades carefully. If they are scratched or
damaged, they are not safe to use.
- Before looking up at the sun, put on your eclipse shades and don’t remove them until
after you’ve looked away.
- Supervise children using eclipse shades to make sure the shades are undamaged, worn
correctly, and worn at all times while viewing the sun and partially-eclipsed sun.
- Never look at the sun or partially-eclipsed sun through sunglasses – even if your
sunglasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection, they do not protect your eyes
adequately when looking directly at the sun.
- Never look at the sun or partially-eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope,
binoculars or other device. Consult an expert astronomer before using a specialized
solar filter on a device.
- Don’t use your eclipse shades in conjunction with a camera, telescope, binoculars or
other optical device.
Stay safe Winnipeg!