Total Solar Eclipse in Montrea

Grab Your Free Glasses & Join Montreal’s Celestial Spectacle: The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

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Discover an extraordinary free activity in Montreal that combines celestial wonder with community engagement: the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024. This rare astronomical event offers Montrealers and visitors alike a unique opportunity to witness daytime darkness, all while emphasizing the importance of safety with free, limited edition solar eclipse glasses.


On April 8, 2024, Montreal will find itself in a prime location for viewing a total solar eclipse, an event where the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that completely obscures the sun for a brief period. This phenomenon will begin at 2:14 p.m., reach totality at 3:26 p.m., and conclude by 4:36 p.m. To ensure everyone can enjoy this spectacle safely, 57,500 pairs of solar eclipse glasses are being distributed for free across 45 municipal libraries in partnership with the Planetarium and the Université de Montréal. These glasses are essential for protecting viewers’ eyes from the sun’s harmful rays during the eclipse.

Fun Facts

  • Historical Rarity: The last total solar eclipse visible from Montreal occurred in 1932, making the 2024 event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many. The next won’t happen until 2205!
  • Path of Totality: This term refers to the direct path the moon’s shadow takes over the Earth during a total solar eclipse, within which the sun is completely obscured, creating a brief period of daytime darkness.
  • Community Engagement: The widespread distribution of free eclipse glasses showcases Montreal’s commitment to public safety and community involvement in significant astronomical events.

This free activity not only offers an awe-inspiring view of one of nature’s most spectacular displays but also highlights the spirit of community and safety in Montreal. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 is an event you won’t want to miss. Remember to pick up your free eclipse glasses at a participating library, and prepare to be amazed by the celestial dance of the sun and moon.

For more information: Total Solar Eclipse 2024 Montreal: How to Watch, Time, Date & Eclipse Glasses (

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