The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024

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Solar eclipse
Jongsun Lee
A total solar eclipse is expected to occur on April 8, 2024, passing through North America and visible in various regions including Mexico, the central and eastern United States, and southeastern Canada. During a solar eclipse, the Moon obstructs the Sun, casting a shadow on Earth.

Members of the media may directly contact:

Angle: Explore the wonders of the cosmos: the total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Christian Gigault(English & French) 

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science 

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Professor Gigault can discuss:

  • What is the occurrence of solar eclipses and why don't we have a solar eclipse every New Moon?
  • How do you view a solar eclipse safely?
  • Are there any impacts on the structure and dynamics of Earth's upper atmosphere? 
  • Can an eclipse cause mood swings or anxiety?
  • Can an eclipse impact weather or cause earthquakes?
  • How does an eclipse affect solar energy production?


Angle: Ancient historical understanding of eclipses

Richard Burgess (English only)

Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts.

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Professor Burgess’ research and expertise revolves around Classical to Byzantine periods of ancient history, Greek and Latin Chronicles, and late Roman history. He can provide insight into:

  • How eclipses were treated.
  • How much was understood about eclipses.
  • Historical accuracy of eclipse accounts.
  • The Antikythera Mechanism which could predict eclipses.

Angle: The solar eclipse throughout history

Jean-Louis Trudel (English and French)

Part Time Professor, History, Faculty of Arts

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Professor Trudel can comment on the historical aspect of eclipses and their important role in ancient history.

"In ancient history, eclipses have saved explorers, been linked to the issue of fateful battles, and served as a test bed for the development of predictive science."


Angle: The solar eclipse and its impact on plants

Allyson MacLean (English only)

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

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Professor Maclean is an expert in plant physiology and environmental signals. She can discuss the impact of a solar eclipse on plant circadian rhythms and draw parallels between plant growth and animal adaptations.

“While there are many anecdotal reports of how animal behaviour is affected by a solar eclipse, the impact of an eclipse on plants may be harder to see but may well be more profound. Although rare, studies indicate that solar eclipses can cause dramatic though short-term impacts on photosynthesis and are likely to be stressful event for our plants.”