While these demands contrast sharply with the situation in 2017, when huge crowds gathered across North America to watch the total solar eclipse, Dr Reid said there was a silver lining: the pandemic prompted the institute and colleagues at Discover the Universe, a Quebec-based astronomy training program, to ship 20,000 eclipse viewers to people on and around the eclipse path, including Nunavut, a Canadian territory with a predominantly Inuit population.
“Since they are in quite remote locations, we wanted to make sure they had the equipment to observe it,” said Julie Bolduc-Duval, Executive Director of Discover the Universe.
Dr Reid added: “We are in circumstances, in this pandemic, where everyone is forced to stay at home, but it has actually helped bring everyone together on this particular thing.”
Sudbury, Ontario, is off the annularity path, but will still experience an 85 percent solar eclipse. Olathe MacIntyre, a scientist at Space Place and Science North’s Planetarium, a museum there, plans to help with a live broadcast of the eclipse on Thursday.
“This is something that we can share separately,” said Dr MacIntyre.
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Preparation for the eclipse in Greenland and Russia.
Pat Smith works in Greenland for Polar Field Services, a company hired by the National Science Foundation that helps scientists and others plan expeditions to remote areas of the Arctic. Mr Smith plans to see the eclipse at a site near Thule Air Force Base, the northernmost US military base, which is about 700 miles from the Arctic Circle.
The site, North Mountain, is on the path of the annular eclipse, which will last nearly four minutes there, and viewing conditions should be clear. Mr. Smith plans to take photos during the event.
In Russia, the eclipse will only be fully visible in some of the more remote areas of the vast country to the east, closer to Alaska than to Moscow.