“Something we can share” in Canada.
The annular path of Canada will pass through many places that would have been difficult to visit in normal times. Covid-19 restrictions make this more difficult, and travel and gathering in Ontario and Quebec are not recommended.
said Mike Reed, coordinator of public communication at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
While those requirements stand in stark contrast to the situation in 2017, when huge crowds gathered across North America to witness the total solar eclipse, Dr. Reed said there was a silver lining: the pandemic prompted the institute and colleagues at Discover the Universe, an astronomy training program Based in Quebec, to ship 20,000 eclipse viewers to people in and around the eclipse path, including Nunavut, a Canadian territory populated primarily by the Inuit.
“Because they are in such remote locations, we wanted to make sure they had the materials to monitor that,” said Julie Bolduc-Duval, executive director of Discover the Universe.
Dr. Reed added, “We’re in circumstances, in this pandemic, where everyone is having to stay home, but it really helped bring everyone together on this specific thing.”
Sudbury, Ontario, is outside the annular path, but will still experience an 85 percent solar eclipse. Olathe MacIntyre, team scientist at Space Place and Planetarium at Science North, a museum there, plans to contribute to the Eclipse live broadcast Thursday.
“It’s something we can share with each other,” Dr. McIntyre said.
– Becky Ferreira
Prepare for the eclipse in Greenland and Russia.
Pat Smith works in Greenland for Polar Field Services, a company contracted by the National Science Foundation that helps scientists and others plan expeditions in remote parts of the Arctic. Mr. Smith plans to watch the eclipse at a location near Thule Air Force Base, the northernmost military base in America, which is about 700 miles from the Arctic Circle.