SOLAR ECLIPSE PROMOTION
We are giving away 1200 pair of Solar Eclipse glasses to celebrate this year's solar eclipse. This is the first eclipse seen in Vancouver since 1979!
Reserve your pair of FREE Solar Eclipse glasses today!
*Glasses will be delivered between August 6th to August 20th. Limit 4 per household within the Greater Vancouver area while quantities last. Reservation deadline for glasses is August 6th, 2017.
SOLAR ECLIPSE INFORMATION
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes in front of the Sun and casts a shadow on the Earth.
There are 3 types of Solar Eclipses.
- Partial - when the Moon does not completely cover the Sun.
- Annular - when the Moon is too far from earth to completely block the Sun, leaving a ring around the moon.
- Total solar eclipse - when the moon completely covers the sun.
Although the August 21st solar eclipse is a Total Solar Eclipse for some parts of the USA, from the perspective of Vancouver we will only experience a partial eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Fun Facts
- The last solar eclipse seen from Vancouver was in 1979.
- The longest a total solar eclipse can last is 7.5 minutes.
- The width of the path of totality is usually about 160 km across and can sweep across an area of Earth's surface 10,000 miles long.
- Almost identical eclipses occur after 18 years and 11 days. This is known as the Saros Cycle.
- During a total solar eclipse, conditions in the path of totality can change quickly. Air temperatures and the immediate area becomes dark.
- If any planets are in the sky at the time of the solar eclipse, they can been seen.
- The speed of the Moon as it crosses the Sun is approximately 2250 km/hr.
- The next Solar Eclipse visible in Canada and the USA is on April 8th, 2024.
- It's Candace's birthday on the same day as this year's Solar Eclipse.