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How to safely watch the solar eclipse in Mississauga


Ontario residents can look forward to a unique celestial event on Monday, April 8. A total solar eclipse will occur across southern Ontario. While Mississauga and Toronto won’t witness a total solar eclipse, it will be in the path to see almost all of it – causing darkness for an extended period.

The eclipse will begin at approximately 2:04 p.m. with the peak of the eclipse occurring at 3:19 p.m. for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, and ending at around 4:31 p.m.

The City of Mississauga would like to remind everyone that it’s important to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to protecting our eyesight. In light of the upcoming solar eclipse, some school boards have declared a PA Day to ensure that students are not outdoors during the eclipse.

Eye protection to view the eclipse

Viewing a solar eclipse without appropriate eye protection can result in partial or complete loss of vision. So to the lead up to the eclipse, it’s a great opportunity to educate yourself on ways to safely experience this rare event with family and friends.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun’s light. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun, and the sky becomes dark – making it seem like nighttime.

Safety tips to consider

Even though the eclipse will only last for a few hours, it’s best to be prepared. Safety should be your top priority. Remember to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Looking directly at the sun without proper protection can lead to eye problems like a partial or complete loss of eyesight.

Remember these safety tips to safely enjoy viewing the eclipse.

  • Avoid looking at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars or any other device that does not have a solar filter. Instead, protect your eyes by wearing eclipse eyewear (not regular sunglasses). They should comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Inspect your eclipse glasses before using them to ensure they are not damaged – if they are, discard them.
  • If you’re using Mississauga roads during the eclipse, remember to be aware and stay alert to prevent collisions. The eclipse will darken the skies, which makes it harder to see on the roads. If you’re driving, be aware of the posted speed limit and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, especially when turning. If you’re walking or cycling, use designated crosswalks or crossrides where possible to help increase your visibility. Additionally, make sure your bike is equipped with proper lights and reflectors.
  • Remember that the eclipse will only last a few hours, so it’s best to be prepared beforehand. Bring enough water, snacks and any other essentials you may need, especially if you’re planning to spend an extended period outdoors. Consider bringing a chair or a blanket to sit on.
  • Check the weather conditions before heading outside. If you plan to stay outdoors for a while, remember to wear sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing to avoid sunburns.

Where to see the eclipse

If you choose to come to a public space, like a City park, arrive early to secure a viewing spot and avoid any last-minute rush.

Parking options will be limited, so it is important to plan ahead. If you plan to drive, please follow all parking by-laws and signage. This includes not parking in a way that blocks traffic, bike lanes, fire routes or designated bus lanes. Where possible, use alternate modes of transportation (e.g. walk, cycle or take MiWay).


If you plan to view the total solar eclipse, do so safely and responsibly. Plenty of resources are available so you can prepare and ensure your eclipse viewing experience is enjoyable, memorable and safe.

Where to purchase eclipse glasses in Mississauga

If you want to buy eclipse glasses in advance, while helping a local non-profit, you can visit Monarch Butterfly Eclipse. Consider donating to the Riverwood Conservancy.

Make a pinhole projector

Can’t find eclipse glasses? Consider making a pinhole projector. This is an easy and fun way to get children excited about the eclipse. Just make sure to supervise children using these projectors to make sure they are using them correctly. The Canadian Space Agency has instructions on how to make your own box pinhole projector to view the eclipse.

Make astronomy a hobby

If you’re interested in astronomy and live in the Mississauga area, consider checking out the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Mississauga Centre to connect with fellow enthusiasts and learn more about the universe. The Mississauga Centre is a community of astronomy enthusiasts who come together to share their passion for the night sky through regular meetings, observing sessions and educational events. They also provide opportunities for the public to learn about astronomy and stargazing through outreach programs and public observing sessions.

Learn more about astronomy in Mississauga

Why not explore the fascinating world of astronomy by visiting the Mississauga Library? You can learn more about eclipses and various constellations and planets visible in the night sky. Discover the workings of telescopes and how to use them for stargazing. Armed with this newfound knowledge, you can venture outside and marvel at the splendour of the sky, day or night!

Be sure to check out some of the eclipse-related programs in Mississauga:

Eclipse-themed family storytimeChurchill Meadows LibraryApril 6 at 11:30    a.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed toddler and family storytimeBurnhamthorpe LibraryApril 2 at 10 a.m.April 3 at 6 p.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytimeMeadowvale LibraryApril 2 at 6:30 p.m.Drop-in
Stories & Crafts – EclipseMeadowvale LibraryApril 6 at 3 p.m.Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themedCourtneypark LibraryApril 8 at 2 p.m.Drop-in
LEGO Eclipse-themedCourtneypark LibraryApril 8 at 6:30 p.m.Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themedMalton LibraryApril 8 at 11 a.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytimeErin Meadows LibraryApril 2 at 7 p.m.Drop-in
Star-themed baby storytimeClarkson LibraryApril 4 at 11 a.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytimeClarkson LibraryApril 5 at 11 a.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytimeLorne Park LibraryApril 2 at 4 p.m.Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Eclipse-themedLorne Park LibraryApril 8 at 10:30 a.m.Drop-in
Eclipse-themed family storytimeSheridan LibraryApril 8 at 10 a.m.Drop-in
PA Day drop-in – Space-themedSheridan LibraryApril 8 at 2 p.m.Drop-in

So, whether you’re planning to witness the solar eclipse from the comfort of your own backyard or by visiting one of the City’s local parks, enjoy the unique and awe-inspiring experience of the total solar eclipse right here at home in Mississauga! Remember to enjoy the eclipse safely. Take the necessary precautions to protect your eyesight and stay safe during this exciting event!

Information provided by City of Mississauga

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