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Solar Eclipse: Students from Ségep de Jonquière will travel to Lac-Mégantic |  Total solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse: Students from Ségep de Jonquière will travel to Lac-Mégantic | Total solar eclipse

A large delegation from the Cégep de Jonquière will head to Lac-Mégantic on Monday. It is one of the rare places in Quebec where the solar eclipse will be total. A few hours before the launch and the event, the excitement was great.

Accompanied by about ten colleagues and 160 students from Ségep de Jonquière, astrophysicist and teacher Amelie Dumont will head to Lac-Mégantic. For nothing in the world, she wouldn't miss the solar eclipse that will last 3 minutes and 28 seconds in southern Quebec.

Astrophysicist and teacher at the Cégep de Jonquière, Amelie Dumont, is very keen to be able to observe the eclipse in Lac-Mégantic.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Mireille Shire

Personally, it will definitely be a defining moment in my entire life.” I'm really looking forward! It's a phenomenon I've always wanted to see with my own eyes. I think that for the students as well, it will be a highlight of their academic career, and even for some, their scientific career.

Frantic students

In the region, at the peak of the eclipse, the moon will obscure the sun by 93%. This is not enough for Louis-Felix Bouchard, who will travel to Lac-Mégantic.

The natural sciences student said space is a big part of science so we had to see this phenomenon because it doesn't happen every day anyway. It's unusual if you like, so we wanted to take advantage of it, and take the opportunity to learn more.

Elliot Shepherd, who is studying computer science and mathematics, feels the same way. They allow us to discover more about the world around us. I find it a really interesting phenomenon to explore and being able to go there allows you to explore it in depth as opposed to just seeing a partial eclipse.

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Scientific experiments

The students, accompanied by their teachers, will conduct various scientific experiments throughout the eclipse period.

For example, I'll bring in a little weather station to see if there are changes in temperature and wind and things like that, explained physics teacher Gayle Bryant. In my opinion, this should happen because since the weather is beautiful, we are lucky to be able to see these differences in different weather factors.

Gael Bryant leaves with a strong start. In 1999, another total eclipse was witnessed in Normandy. The experience was unforgettable for him.

In a few seconds, night appeared. It wasn't pitch black, but at the point where the cows in the neighboring fields went to bed, the birds fell silent, and the night owls and crickets began to chirp. .

The entire delegation from Cégep de Jonquière hopes to experience the same thing he did.

According to a report by Mireille Shire