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CTV Winnipeg: ‘It’s quite rare’: Partial solar eclipse to be viewable in Manitoba next week

April 2, 2024 — 

A total solar eclipse is when the moon will be in a direct line between the sun and the earth, creating a dark, quickly moving shadow on the face of earth, called an umbra.

For those in the ‘path of totality’ the sun’s rays will be completely blocked.

Manitoba falls outside of this path meaning residents will only see a partial eclipse – which is when the moon blocks part of the sun, creating a lighter shadow known as a penumbra.

Despite it being a partial one, Kelvin Au, a PHD student in Astrophysics at University of Manitoba, said it’s still something to be appreciated.

“It’s quite rare. I mean, the next total one’s going to be in 2044, that we’re going to be seeing in North America,” said Au. “So as far as the partial one goes, I would say it’s decently rare, and it’s something worth checking out.”

To read the full story, please visit CTV Winnipeg.

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