The big day is finally here! After much anticipation, the solar eclipse will take Edmonton by storm, but there are a few things you need to know before it all goes down.

First and foremost, you’ll need to know when you can view the celestial event!

If you’re among the many who have a busy work day ahead, you’re in luck, because you might be able to check it out on your lunch break.

According to Time and Date, the solar eclipse will begin at 11:54 am and will last until 1:39 pm – but ‘max view’ will occur at 12:46 pm.

Keep in mind that Alberta is not in the path of totality, so you won’t see the Moon cover the entirety of the sun, but it’ll still be pretty cool – IF you have the proper glasses!

As you’re aware, the sun is pretty bright, so it is of the utmost importance that you’re protected.

“When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times,” says NASA on their website.

“Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA does not approve any particular brand of solar viewers.”

If you’ve got time for a quick project, however, you can also make an eclipse projector using a cardboard box, paper and aluminum foil.

Don’t have eclipse glasses on hand?

Here’s where you can still purchase glasses in Edmonton (while supplies last): 

Telus World of Science


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Want to catch the big event? Check out Edmonton’s TELUS World of Science. This event will not provide glasses, but you can purchase them at the Galaxy Gift Shop there. There will also be safe telescope viewing at the RASC from 11 am to 2 pm.

When:  Monday, April 8th, 2024
Where:  Telus World of Science
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Cost: $36.95

But there you have it! When and where to watch the solar eclipse in Edmonton.

This really will be something special, and we can’t wait to see it for ourselves.

Happy viewing and be smart!