View the total solar eclipse in Norfolk County! 
Progress of a total solar eclipse

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On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun, is happening and Norfolk County is in the direct path of totality. One of nature’s most rare and spectacular events, the eclipse will take 2 hours and 28 minutes from start to finish, with the total eclipse lasting 3 minutes.  

Where to watch

A total eclipse can only be experienced along a relatively narrow strip on the Earth’s surface, called the path of totality. During the April 8 eclipse, all areas of Norfolk County will be in the path of totality. While the eclipse will be visible outside this area, the moon will not cover the sun completely. 

How to safely watch a solar eclipse

  • During any solar eclipse, it is imperative to wear special glasses with filters designed for eclipse watching (ISO 12312-2 international standard) to prevent eye damage. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes sufficiently.
  • During a total solar eclipse, the path of totality is a narrow corridor approximately 100 to 115 km wide where the Sun appears to be completely covered by the Moon for a short period of time (between 2 and 3 minutes).
  • This is the most spectacular part of the eclipse, as those who are lucky enough to be in this corridor are able to see the Sun’s corona, the chromosphere, prominences and streamers.
  • Proper eye protection is essential before and after totality. Sunglasses are not sufficient protection.

What to watch for

Time
Description
Diagram
2:02:50 p.m.
Partial eclipse begins. The Moon touches the Sun’s edge.
Partial Eclipse Starts
3:16:49 p.m
The full eclipse begins. The Sun becomes a total eclipse.
Full Eclipse Begins
3:18:20 p.m.
Maximum eclipse. The Moon is closest to the centre of the Sun.
Max Eclipse
3:19:50 p.m.
The full eclipse ends. The Moon begins to move away from the Sun.
Full Eclipse Ends
4:30:42 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends. The Moon leaves the Sun’s edge.
Partial Eclipse Ends
Stages of the total solar eclipse

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