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Sun spot: Your views of the eclipse

The eclipse through the lens of U of T students, staff and faculty – from campus to the U.S.

At the Canadian National Exhibition, U of T astronomers from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Faculty of Arts & Science provided telescopes and helped visitors understand the cosmic phenomenon unfolding before their eyes.

U of T News videographer Lisa Lightbourn was on hand.

There were long lines for the telescopes, but exhibition-goers could always view the eclipse through protective specs provided by the Dunlap Institute.

Kid at CNE

Altogether, Dunlap handed out 12,000 pairs of glasses at the CNE on Monday.

Watching eclipse

Ulrich Krull, vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga, watched the eclipse with his family in Haliburton County. He says the image below of a pink croissant in the sky was shot at the hydrogen alpha wavelength and shows the near maximum sun coverage from that location. 

Pink wedge

Krull also snapped a picture of the eclipse producing crescents on paper. “Shadows that are cast by foliage can show the image of the sun as a pin-hole projection,” he explained.

Eclipse on paper

Professor Bryan Gaensler, director of the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, observed his first solar eclipse in Kentucky on the path of the totality, meaning the moon completely covered the sun. 

Read about U of T road trips to take in the eclipse 

Bryan Gaensler and son photo

Over at U of T Scarborough, Hanno Rein and other U of T astronomers held a special viewing party for students, inviting people to peer at the eclipse through a specially outfitted telescope. Rein took this picture.

U of T Scarborough viewing party

U of T Scarborough staff photographer Ken Jones caught some of the excitement on camera. 

U of T Scarborough eclipse viewing party

In front of University College on the downtown Toronto campus, hundreds gathered, toting eclipse glasses and pinhole cameras. But some still managed to find a quiet spot to watch the eclipse in peace. U of T News staff reporter Geoffrey Vendeville took these pictures.

Student on the grass watching eclipse

Alumna Raluca Ellis dressed especially for the occasion. 

Raluca Ellis