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“Everyone should have their mind blown once a day”

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, definitely gets a gold sun (or star) for this one!

On April 8th have YOUR mind blown by witnessing a true once-in-our-lifetime event. Burlington is set to experience a total eclipse of the sun, with the moon passing completely between the earth and the sun. Burlington is one of just a handful of cities in the path of totality – where the moon will block the sun, revealing only the sun’s outer ring, also known as the corona. With the next total eclipse set to appear in our city in over 100 years from now, this is a natural phenomenon you won’t want to miss!

Not only are the stars aligning for a beautiful sight in the skies, it’ll be a beautiful sight here on earth too! As you explore the wonders of space, explore the wonders of Burlington Downtown. It’ll be a total eclipse (of the heart) when you pair this celestial experience with dinner at one of our countless restaurants, sips and savours at cozy coffee shops, shopping for that star-studded new look, and so much more.

Just like the bounds of space, the opportunities in our downtown are truly endless, and we can’t wait to welcome you.

Curious about the eclipse? Want to know the real deal behind this big deal? Check out our interview with Claude Cournoyer-Cloutier – PhD Candidate at McMaster University, Department of Physics & Astronomy, as she breaks down this monumental event. Watch now!

Including the moon, the sun, and the path of totality, it truly is all here!


All you need to know:

Courtesy of our Mayor Marianne Meed Ward & Members of Council, residents and visitors are invited to gather at Spencer Smith Park on the afternoon of Monday, April 8 to witness the total solar eclipse.

The eclipse will begin at 2:04 p.m. and last until 4:31 p.m. The moon will fully cover the sun around 3:18 p.m. resulting in approximately two minutes of darkness. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University, glasses with specialized filters adhering to the ISO 12312-2 international standard will be handed out by City staff beginning at 11 a.m. in Spencer Smith Park, FREE & while supplies last.

Ministry of Health 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Safety Messages available here.

Additional information via City of Burlington available here.