P.G To Witness Partial Eclipse
Video produced by Blair Stunder illustrates how the eclipse will look in Prince George.
Prince George, B.C.- Monday morning, Prince George will be able to see a partial eclipse.
In Prince George , watchers will see the moon start to move in front of the sun at 9:17 Monday morning, and will reach maximum coverage around 10:25 “We will see abut 70% of the sun’s surface eclipsed by the moon” says Blair Stunder, President of the Royal Astronomical Society- Prince George Centre. “That’s actually a fair bit” says Sunder “a lot of times you only get 50% depending how far off the central line you are.”
Stunder says the event will end 11:40 Monday morning. “It will take about two hours and maximum (coverage) will be around 10:20- 10:30 in the morning.”
Stunder says even if there are smoky skies or low level cloud cover, people should notice the effects of the eclipse “It will noticeably dim, so by around 10:30 in the morning it ( daylight) will have dimmed out.”
Stunder will be heading to the United States, where central States will experience a total eclipse. “For the continental United States, the last (full) eclipse was 99 years ago and the next 10 years there will be seven total eclipses ( around the globe). We are going through an alignment phase and Australia will see three of them in seven years, there will be another one across the United States from Mazatlán to Newfoundland on April 8th of 2024.”
It will be another 20 years later when North eastern BC will be closest to a centre line path and able to see a near full eclipse, on August 23rd, 2044.
Of course, one should never look directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection. NASA advises one of the widely available filters for safe viewing is a number 14 welder’s glass. Viewing the eclipse without a filter puts you at risk of permanent eye damage.