‘Something We Can Share Separately’ in Canada.
The Annularity Path in Canada passes through many places that would have been difficult to visit in normal times. Covid-19 restrictions make this even more difficult, and large groups are discouraged from traveling and congregating in Ontario and Quebec.
“We just encourage people to consider them safe as individuals and in their social bubbles,” and stay at home or in a safe place, said Mike Reid, public relations coordinator at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
While these requirements are in stark contrast to the situation in 2017, when huge crowds gathered across North America to watch the total solar eclipse, said Dr. Reid, there is a silver lining: The pandemic prompted the Institute and colleagues at Discover the Universe, and Quebec-based astronomy education program, to send 20,000 eclipse viewers to people in and around the eclipse path, including in Nunavut, a Canadian territory whose population is mainly Inuit.
“Since they are in pretty remote locations, we wanted to make sure they had the material to watch them,” said Julie Bolduc-Duval, executive director of Discover the Universe.
Dr. Reid added, “We’re in a situation in this pandemic where everyone is forced to stay home, but it actually helped bring everyone together on this one thing.”
Sudbury, Ontario is outside the annulus but will still experience an 85 percent solar eclipse. Olathe MacIntyre, a research fellow at Space Place and the planetarium of the Science North Museum there, plans to contribute to a live stream of the solar eclipse on Thursday.
“It’s something we can share separately,” said Dr. MacIntyre.
– Becky Ferreira
Preparing for the solar eclipse in Greenland and Russia.
Pat Smith works in Greenland for Polar Field Services, a National Science Foundation company that helps scientists and others plan expeditions to remote parts of the Arctic. Mr Smith plans to observe the solar eclipse at a location near Thule Air Base, the northernmost American military base about 700 miles from the Arctic Circle.