Map of the Solar Eclipse path across Canada and the United States, Aug. 21 2017
Cecilia Bernasch and Jesse Tahirali, CTVNews.ca, video and animations
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:29AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 20, 2017 7:31PM EDT
Sources: NASA/CTV Illustration by Jesse Tahirali and Cecilia Bernasch
The eclipse will track across North America on Aug. 21, moving from west to east. It will be visible as a full solar eclipse in parts of the U.S., but part of the sun will remain visible in Canada throughout the day. Victoria is expected to see the most coverage, while Iqaluit will see the least.
The eclipse will reach its maximum point in the late morning on the West Coast, between noon and 1 p.m. in the Prairies, around 2:30 p.m. in Ontario and Quebec and shortly before 4 p.m. on the East Coast (all times local).
Here are estimates of when the eclipse will occur in various Canadian cities, according to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada:
NASA Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map
NASA offers an interactive map of the eclipse path, but all times are in UTC. See the chart at bottom of the page to convert to your time zone.
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