Clouds Got in The Way Of The Solar Eclipse

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By Raissa Santos

In Toronto, the morning began with a sky covered in thick clouds. The low visibility caused worry among the people excited about the solar eclipse. The phenomenon where the moon passes between the Earth and the sun is a rare one. Toronto and the GTA were not part of the path of totality like Niagara or Hamilton, but still, hundreds of people headed to open spaces to catch a glimpse of the eclipse across the city. 

Even with weather forecasts anticipating low visibility, parks and squares around the city were packed. Riverdale Park had hundreds of people wearing special glasses waiting for the change in the sky.

Riverdale Park – Personal archive

No Visibility

The clouds were in the way of the eclipse for the most part. Around 2:15pm, the sky cleared in patches for a few minutes giving people the chance to witness the phenomenon. The peak of the solar eclipse at 3:18pm was not visible in most places. The change from daylight into a night-like atmosphere was the most evident part of the solar eclipse for people in the GTA

Toronto at 3:20pm – Photo by Marcos Delariva

“For a few minutes, it looked like a normal winter night in the middle of a spring day.” – Marcos Delariva

Delariva experienced a solar eclipse for the first time. The lack of visibility was a downside, but he still enjoyed the experience. He says watching the sky darken only to lighten up again was an awesome experience.

Guilherme Borges watched the solar eclipse in his backyard on the West End of Toronto. He says that the clouds made the experience shorter than he had expected.

“The beginning was really good because the skies were clear. After that, I was only able to see the end of the eclipse briefly between the clouds.” – Borges

Photo by Guilherme Borges

The next solar eclipse with a cost-to-coast path will happen in 2045.




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