Torontonians viewed Solar Eclipse peak amidst clouded skies

Total Solar Eclipse. Photo Courtesy: NASA's Johnson Space Center X page

Toronto/CMEDIA: As the total solar eclipse peaked through Toronto amidst clouded skies, several onlookers put on their certified solar eclipse glasses to view the “once-in-a-lifetime” celestial event starting shortly after 2 pm.

The total solar eclipse reached its peak at 3:19 p.m. in Toronto.

Scarborough Civic Centre Library, a branch of Toronto Public Library held a short session at 2pm in its library with explanations of the solar eclipse with safety features of viewing before its start and were each provided with a pair of certified glasses.

Following the session the registered participants were led outside the library by the staff for Solar Eclipse viewing party.

Toronto wasn’t directly in the path of totality like other municipalities outside the GTA, but still those in the city as well as the onlookers outside the library were able to see 99.9 percent of the moon covering the sun as it peaked through cloudy skies. 

The eclipse momentarily shrouded the city’s skies in darkness as the celestial event peaked at 3:19 pm.

The eclipse taking over the skies ended at around 4:30 p.m. in much of southern Ontario.

During this time there was a slow transition from darkness to the light and after 4:30 pm there was bright sunlight.

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics in collaboration with University of Toronto also had a presentation earlier in Toronto Reference Library explaining what Solar Eclipse is and the safety features of watching the solar eclipse.

All images by Asha Bajaj