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Halifax won't be plunged into darkness from the solar eclipse

The Discovery Centre in Halifax to have eclipse viewers on hand for the big moment.

A child uses solar eclipse viewing glasses to look at the sun during the Solar Eclipse Festival at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2017, two days before The Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21.

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A child uses solar eclipse viewing glasses to look at the sun during the Solar Eclipse Festival at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2017, two days before The Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21.

Although Monday’s total solar eclipse won’t be plunging us into midday darkness, the Discovery Centre is celebrating the celestial event.

The centre has partnered with Halifax’s Royal Astronomy Society of Canada.

From 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, they’ll host a live stream event to showcase “the path of totality” as the sun is blocked out by the moon. It will plunge a swath of land across the U.S. into darkness.

In Halifax, there will be about 55 per cent coverage of the sun during the partial eclipse that will be visible here.

Visitors to the Discovery Centre are invited to participate in several onsite activities.

They can also watch the partial eclipse through a number of eclipse viewers and a mirror projection, weather permitting.

The outdoor solar observation by the Discovery Centre’s main entrance is free to the public, while regular admission gives access to the indoor activities.

“The last total eclipse that crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918,” notes a media release from the Discovery Centre.

“Millions will be gathering along a tiny ribbon less than 70 kilometers wide to see totality, the complete blocking out of the sun by the moon which will reveal the solar corona.”

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