An extremely rare total solar eclipse will occur in the afternoon and will be visible from southern Quebec. This spectacular astronomical phenomenon occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely obscuring it for a short time.
The eclipse of April 8, 2024 is the astronomical event of the century in Quebec; it will be the first total eclipse in over 50 years on Quebec territory (1972), and we will have to wait over 80 years to see the next one (2106). The last time a total eclipse was observed in Montreal dates back to 1932. For Quebec, it was in 1379! The total solar eclipse of 2024 will not be visible from everywhere: residents of several cities, including Quebec, Laval and Trois-Rivières will instead see a partial solar eclipse, or will have to travel south to experience the unique experience. of the whole.
TOTAL SUN ECLIPSE
The region where the eclipse will be total (the band of totality) crosses southern Quebec, notably part of the greater Montreal region, Montérégie, Estrie, Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches and the Islands -of-the-Madeleine. Right in the center of this strip are Mont Mégantic, a mecca of Quebec astronomy, as well as Camping Aventure Mégantic. It is in these places that the total eclipse will last the longest, approximately 3 minutes 30 seconds. For places located at the edge of the band of totality, the cosmic alignment will only last a few tens of seconds.
Come rent your pitch or ready-to-camp for a unique experience.
To learn more about the phenomenon, you can consult the website posted online: astrolab.qc.ca/activite/eclipses/