McMaster University offers free glasses to view the solar eclipse in Hamilton

With a solar eclipse happening in early April, Hamilton’s McMaster University has purchased 600,000 pairs of ‘solar-safe’ glasses so residents can view the eclipse without harm. 

The total solar eclipse is expected to occur on April 8th with first contact of the moon beginning to cover the sun starting at 2:03 pm in the afternoon. The total eclipse will occur around 3:18 pm. 

Since this is the first total solar eclipse to happen in Hamilton since the last almost 100 years ago in 1925, anticipation is high; though of course, viewing the eclipse without proper protection comes with safety risks for eye damage.

That’s why McMaster has purchased a bulk supply of certified solar eclipse glasses that will be distributed for free in Hamilton and the surrounding area throughout the coming weeks.  

Distribution will begin after February 22nd at Hamilton, Norfolk, and Haldimand library branches; February 26th at the libraries at McMaster; and at Burlington public library branches, Six Nations Public Library, and Brantford Public Libraries after March 4th.

The next total solar eclipse won’t happen in Canada for another 20 years, so don’t miss out on your chance to view this rare phenomenon! 

See more on the McMaster University website.  

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