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The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

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The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Mark you calendar! On April 8th, 2024, Kingston and a lucky few areas in southern Ontario will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event - a total solar eclipse. 

The 2024 eclipse will be visible from Mexico, the United States, and Canada. For the first time in almost 700 years, Kingston is in the path of totality, or where the Sun will be completely blocked out by the Moon. This means many people will be flocking to the area to view this wondrous celestial spectacle, so planning needs to start ASAP!

For Kingstonians, this coming total solar eclipse will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime event: as mentioned, the last eclipse was almost 700 years ago in 1349, and the next one won't be for another 400-ish years in 2399!

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow on the Earth. A total solar eclipse, like the one that will occur on April 8th, 2024, occurs when the Moon completely blocks out the Sun's light and causes night-like darkness during the day on a very slim sliver of the Earth's surface. This sliver is also known as the path of totality.

Where to go?

Notable Ontarian cities in the path of totality include Kingston, Montréal, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, and more. Other major cities such as Toronto and Ottawa however, are not in the path of totality. People in these cities will still see most of the eclipse, but will miss the incredible spectacle of absolute totality. You can check out the entire path of totality on TimeAndDate (pictured left), or get exact details on your location using Xavier Jubier's Google Map.


The Queen's Eclipse Task Force is working in tandem with organizations across Ontario to ensure all schools in the KFL&A have access to educational activities, resources, and eclipse glasses or viewers for the day of the eclipse (April 8th, 2024). See below a list of schools planned for outreach, and locations hosting viewing events.

Eclipse Viewing Locations (Coming Soon)


Furthermore, we have hopes to partner with libraries across KFL&A to host community events and make eclipse resources available for all. If we haven't made contact with your library yet and you are interested in receiving support, please contact us!

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Upcoming Eclipse Events

Let us know if you have an event you would like advertised!
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Queen's University Observatory

Queen's Observatory Open House

Queens Observatory holds free public open house events on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 8 PM. The observatory is located in Ellis Hall on Queen's campus. The next talk will be on August 19th!
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Run by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Fort Henry Eclipse Viewing Event

1 Fort Henry Dr, Kingston, ON K7K 5G8
See the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Homepage
Run by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Brown's Bay Beach Eclipse Viewing Event

1231-1241 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0
See the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Homepage
Run by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Upper Canada Village Eclipse Viewing Event

13740 County Rd 2, Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0
See the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Homepage


Looking directly at an eclipse without proper eye protection is even more dangerous than looking into the Sun on any other day. It can cause partial or total blindness if the proper precautions are not taken. That being said, eclipses are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the Queen's community wants everyone to have a safe, enjoyable, and exciting experience. If you are looking at an eclipse, you must use high quality eye protection. 

Queen's University is working to provide as many schools as possible in the local area with eclipse glasses and viewers. If you are trying to locate eye protection outside of schools, or are out of range to receive Queen's support, we recommend contacting your local library to champion material distribution in your community.

Safety Equipment

Sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe to use during an eclipse. If you are planning on purchasing your own eclipse glasses or viewers, it is recommended you put your order in as soon as possible. These websites will be getting overrun the closer we get to April 8th.

Do not buy eclipse safety equipment from Amazon, as they cannot ensure their products meet required safety standards.

Here are a few trusted companies for up-to-code eclipse eye protection:

American Paper Optics   Lunt Solar Systems   Rainbow Symphony

For instructions and tips on how to safely view an eclipse, see this American Astronomical Society (AAS) article


Members of the Queen's University Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy department have contributed many great educational activities that are suitable for a variety of age groups. There is also lots of activity inspiration to be found online!

A curated list of developed and discovered activities can be found to the right.

An activity in which you use rulers and different sized balls to create a mini-scale model of the Sun-Moon-Earth system. From there, you can recreate an eclipse using a light source (such as a flashlight) to cast shadows on the mini-Earth!

Recommended for students from grades K-12 (or ages 5 and up).

Create your own Eclipse

Recréer une éclipse en classe

An activity in which you make a pinhole camera (also called a pinhole projector), which is a tool that can be used to safely observe an eclipse. Light is allowed through a small punched hole, which then projects the incoming light onto the opposite end of the box.

Recommended for students from grades 4-12 (or ages 9 and up).

Pinhole Camera

Boîte à éclipse solaire

A creative activity in which you punch a design or pattern into a sheet of paper. The incoming sunlight can then pass through all the little holes, projecting your pattern onto a flat surface. As the eclipse passes over, you will be able to track its progress through your image as the light projections change in shape. This is also a safe way to view an eclipse.

Recommended for all ages.

Hole Punch Art

Video tutorial by the channel "Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum" on Youtube.

An activity in which you can log the different environmental changes that accompany an eclipse - from temperature and brightness to changes in animal behaviour!

Recommended for students from grades 4-12 (or ages 9 and up).

Eclipse Observation Log

More Info

As much as we want to be experts on eclipse planning and information, it's good to use multiple sources. There are a ton of useful websites and organizations looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime event just as much as we are! We highly encourage checking out some of these other sites in preparation for the big day.

An excellent Canadian educational group who offer free resources and training for educators. All information is available in both English and French, and they also have Community of Practice meetings for community leaders to discuss event planning and share information/resources! Sign up for free on their website:

Check out Discover the Universe

A website run by experienced eclipse chaser Dan McGlaun, and based in the US. His website has been a goldmine of information and resources for eclipse planners since the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Check out eclipse2024.org

A US based organization partnered with NASA whose website is a hub for all things eclipses. They have plenty of educational resources, activities, safety information, and more. They also host occasional workshops.

Check out the AAS Eclipse page

For our French speakers, there is a very thorough Québec-based website with everything you need to know to be ready for the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Pour nos francophones, il y a un site web basé au Québec avec tout ce que vous devez savoir pour être prêt pour l'éclipse solaire totale de 2024.

Éclipse Québec

A free 36-page PDF booklet for all things eclipse event planning. Authored by US-based American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Eclipse Task Force members Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, this booklet was designed to help local leaders organize events for their libraries and communities. 

"Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024: A North American 'Double-Header'"

Accessibility Resources

We in the Queen's community want to ensure that everybody has a chance to experience the 2024 total solar eclipse safely. For this reason, we have collected a list of accessibility tools and tricks that can be implemented into your community event planning. If you have other ideas on how to make the 2024 eclipse more accessible, please let us know using the link below!

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A free app developed by ARISA Lab: useful to all, but geared toward the Blind and Low Vision (BLV) community. The app includes an interactive "Rumble Map", translating this highly visual event into a fully touch and sound-based experience. It also includes audio descriptions of eclipse events, educational content surrounding eclipses, and is currently available in English and Spanish.

Available for Apple devices

Available for Android devices

More information about the project

A device developed by Harvard University students for the Blind and Low Vision (BLV) community. In short, it is an Arduino-based device that outputs sound based on detected brightness. As the Moon eclipses the Sun, device users will thus experience a representative decrease in sound. It would be a great project for high school students to produce these devices for their communities.

More information about the device

Instructions for building a LightSound Device

If eclipse glasses are not available, attaching a neck strap to eclipse viewers is an easy way to make safely viewing the eclipse more comfortable and accessible for folks with decreased muscle strength.

Such straps can be made by hand using any string-like material, such as yarn, ribbon, or Paracord. Various styles of neck straps can also be found online. While we encourage finding neck straps via online stores, we must request you DO NOT BUY ECLIPSE GLASSES OR VIEWERS FROM AMAZON.

How to make a yarn strap (Video tutorial by the channel "YarnNecklaces" on Youtube)

How to make a Paracord strap (Video tutorial by the channel "Sierra" on Youtube)

Be on the Lookout!

This coming eclipse will be particularly stunning thanks to the Sun being near its solar maximum. The solar maximum is one extreme of the Sun's eleven-year solar cycle during which the Sun experiences peak solar activity. This activity includes solar flares, prominences, and sun spots. Other phenomena to lookout for include...

A black circle with an outline of light, all on a black background. The Bailey's Beads phenomenon shows itself in a series of foamy bubbles of light peaking past the Moon on the left side of the circle.

Bailey's Beads

A phenomenon caused by the uneven, rocky surface of the Moon. Just as the Moon fully crosses in front of the Sun during the eclipse, the mountains and valleys of its surface will let the last bits of sunlight through before totality. The same event occurs at the end of totality.

Learn more about Bailey's Beads

A black circle with an outline of light, all on a black background. There is a layer of grey and reddish clouds beneath the phenomenon. The diamond ring effect shows itself as a solid clump of light on the bottom edge of the eclipse.

The Diamond Ring Effect

An exaggerated version of Bailey's Beads, occurring at the very beginning and end of totality during a solar eclipse. This effect is also primarily caused by the rough topography of the Moon.

Learn more about the Diamond Ring Effect

The siding of a house heavily sprinkled with crescent-shaped shadows from the light pouring between the leaves of a nearby tree.

Pinhole Effects

The world is full of all-natural pinhole cameras! Since the Moon changes the "shape" of the incoming light from the Sun, the light that filters between obstacles also changes in shape. This is a great way to safely track the progress of the eclipse up to totality.

Learn more about the Pinhole Effect

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Image Credits

What is an Eclipse?: Reinhard Wittich -  Where to go?: TimeAndDate - Fort Henry: JustSomePics / Wikimedia Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en Brown's Bay Beach: leawalker.blog.com Upper Canada Village: St. Lawrence Parks / Cornwall Tourism Safety: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow SymphonyBailey's Beads: Reinhold WittichThe Diamond Ring Effect: Rick Fienberg/ TravelQuest International/ Wilderness TravelPinhole Effects: just sof/ Flickr