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Nearly 6.1 million Canadians witnessed this unique phenomenon Monday afternoon in the southeast of the country.

Watch our special show on the total solar eclipse hosted by Christian Latrille and Charles Tessier

Photo: Radio-Canada

  • About 6.1 million Canadians in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean will see a total solar eclipse this afternoon starting at 3:15 p.m., depending on their location.

  • In Canada, the partial eclipse began around 2:11 PM and will end around 4:45 PM (EST), depending on the region.

  • This is the first total solar eclipse in Canada since 1979, and the first in Quebec since 1972. The last eclipse visible from the island of Montreal dates back to 1932.

  • In Quebec, the majority of Canada's population (57.4%) who live within the scope of the total eclipse are located.

  • The next partial solar eclipse will occur on March 29, 2025 and will be visible in eastern Canada.

  • François Legault in Longueuil

    Quebec Premier François Legault went to admire the celestial phenomenon with students from the École Georges-Étienne Cartier in Longueuil.

    François Legault surrounded by children.

    Quebec Premier François Legault was at the École Georges-Étienne Cartier in Longueuil to observe the eclipse.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Gabriel Proulx

  • The total eclipse passed over Ontario and Quebec

    This phenomenon only lasted for two minutes, but it will not happen again for decades.

    People watching the eclipse in front of the statue.

    Skyscraper lights appeared during a partial eclipse in Toronto as seen from Queen's Park.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Camille Grace Roy

    In Toronto, skyscrapers were briefly lit up during the eclipse, with automated lights created by the sudden darkness.

    People watch the eclipse in front of illuminated buildings.

    In Toronto, buildings lit up briefly during the eclipse.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Pierre-Mathieu Tremblay

  • The sky is getting dark

    The Moon continues to advance and increasingly covers the Sun. No, you're not fooled: the sky is already getting darker in Quebec and Ontario, while waiting for the total eclipse expected in about fifteen minutes.

    Woman lying on the ground looking at the sky while wearing goggles.

    Camille Bédard Vinet was comfortably installed in Beauséjour Park to observe a solar eclipse.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Denis Leduc

  • “Diamond ring”

    Perhaps the most striking moment of a total eclipse is that called the “diamond ring,” when the last point of light bursts above the darkness, before the sun disappears completely.

    Texans were able to appreciate this phenomenon in all its glory earlier this afternoon.

    Total eclipse in Texas

    The “diamond ring” phenomenon.

    Photo: Getty Images/Ron Jenkins

  • A partial eclipse is underway in Canada

    There are a lot of smiles on the faces of the people at Astrolabe on Mont-Mégantic.

    People look at the sky with goggles.

    Micheline Gaudet and Michele Gravelle who traveled to Magog and Bolton East for the event.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Marion Bérubé

  • The inlets of St. Helens Island are saturated

    The Sûreté du Québec announced that the access ramps to Île Sainte-Hélène and Parc Jean-Drapeau are now closed to motorists. The vehicle carrying capacity has been reached.

    There are a lot of disappointed people. It is reported that a crowded school bus could not reach the island and had to continue on its way. The police also do not allow taxi passengers to get out to use the pedestrian lane.

    Police officers manage traffic on the bridge.

    In Montreal, SQ police officers do not allow any vehicle to enter Saint-Hélène Island via the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

    Photography: Radio-Canada/Julien Poirier-Malo

    However, the curious can still reach it on foot, or via the yellow metro line. Note that the latter is also particularly busy, as evidenced by this photo taken by our journalist on site.

    A large crowd fills the corridor leading to the University of Longueuil de Sherbrooke metro station.

    The yellow line of the Montreal Metro towards Parc Jean-Drapeau has been stormed by curious people wanting to observe a solar eclipse in the early afternoon of Friday, April 8, 2024.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Audrey Nephew

  • An unparalleled event for young and old

    A little boy dressed as an astronaut.

    At the age of six, George Burdge Monty will witness his first eclipse today at ASTROLab. Maybe one day he will be a NASA employee?

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Martin Bilodeau

    While many schools chose to close today, many parents took the opportunity to bring their children to view the eclipse spectacle in public. This is the case of 6-year-old Georges Bordages Monté, who is interested in astronomy, and is at the ASTROLab in Mont-Mégantic for this event.

  • As a reminder: protective glasses are necessary

    The partial eclipse begins in Canada. If your eyes are directed towards the sky, we remind you that approved safety glasses are necessary to view the phenomenon in complete safety.

    Little girl wearing goggles.

    To properly protect your eyes, goggles must be certified to the ISO 12312-2 standard, which is specified by the Éclipse Québec website.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Philip Grenier

  • The beginning of the total eclipse

    The solar eclipse is now complete in Mazatlan, Mexico.

    Total solar eclipse from Mazatlan, Mexico on April 8, 2024.

    Total solar eclipse from Mazatlan, Mexico on April 8, 2024.

    Photography: Reuters/Henry Romero

  • Don't miss our special offer In the heart of the eclipse

    In Quebec, this is amazing – and rare! – It last happened in 1972, more than 50 years ago. We will have to wait more than 80 years until we can see it again, in the year 2106.

    So Christian Latrelle and Charles Tessier invite us to experience this event in full Fascinating In their company while watching In the heart of the eclipsewhich will be broadcast on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on ICI TÉLÉ, ICI RDI, ICI TOU.TV and Radio-Canada.ca.

    Woman looking through a telescope.

    Don't miss our special offer in the heart of the eclipse.

    Photo: Radio-Canada/Ivanoh Demers

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