Eclipse watchers pack Niagara Glen

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The last time so many Canadians stared up at the sky at the same time, Rod Stewart’s Do You Think I’m Sexy was the No. 1 song and Laverne & Shirley was TV’s No. 1 show.

It was Feb. 26, 1979, that the last total solar eclipse passed through North America, and for the most part it was an underwhelming, cloud-covered affair.

It took 38 years for the next one to swing by, but people hoping for darkness in the afternoon were again disappointed Monday. Most of Canada missed the totality some Americans enjoyed, with the best views around Victoria, B.C., where about 90 per cent of the sun was blacked out.

In Niagara Falls, the partial eclipse reached its peak at about 2:33 p.m. when the moon was closest to the sun, resulting in about 75 per cent coverage. Even then, the sky only slightly dimmed, as if the sun was being filtered by a nylon.

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