Pumped for this Monday and the eclipse? Heck, probably should be, I mean the last time there was a comparable eclipse in North America (like this year’s that’ll cross all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic) was June 8, 1918.
Where to get eclipse glasses:
All those lectures from parents and teachers should have sunk in by now that ordinary sunglasses don’t cut it. The Manitoba Association of Optometrists recommends Rainbow Symphony Eclipse Shades, and they’re available:
- Manitoba Museum gift shop ($3, plus tax, while supplies last)
- Your optometrist’s office. Sounds like $3, too BUT! MAO says; “many optometrists may simply give you a pair if you’re a past client.”
- Online: But ya, you guessed it, a lot of fakes. NASA recommends these reputable pages.
- Heads up; If your glasses are scratched, DON’T use them.
- Got a buddy with a shop? Welding masks? A welder’s mask with a rating of 14 or higher is good to go!
- Or, go with the classic DIY pinhole camera.
Where to watch:
- Manitoba Museum & the Manitoba Association of Optometrists will have safe solar telescopes set up and eclipse glasses available to purchase (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- U of Manitoba has a viewing party at Degrees Restaurant (University Centre), 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hey and the first 50 people get free treats!!!
- The Brandon University Astronomical Observatory will have a bunch of telescopes and free solar viewers on their soccer field (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m). Heads up though, you have to RSVP to; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The world wide web! Although pretty much every major U.S. news source will be live streaming the event, your best bet is still the NASA livestream. It’s frickin NASA!