Four places in Vancouver to take in the solar eclipse

Don’t know where to check out the Aug. 21 solar eclipse? Here are four spots around Vancouver to look skyward — while protecting your eyes, of course.

1. Science World has partnered with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to offer a free viewing party that runs all day long.

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Running from 9 a.m. til noon, the event will include eclipse-themed science activities, a viewing party and demonstrations. Eclipse viewers will be available while supplies last.

Live coverage of the eclipse will also take place in the Science Theatre from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


2. The UBC Astronomy Club is hosting its gathering at Robson Square from 9:10 until 11:37 a.m.

The club suggests scopes and safety goggles will be available for all attendees. Info online at

3. UBC students and profs will convene at the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Eclipse viewers and telescopes will be on offer, along with a live streaming and various presentations in the Welcome Centre at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre. Find info on Facebook at

4. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s event sounds like a doozy.

Running from 8:45 a.m. until noon, the by-donation party will include solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections and solar eclipse glasses.

During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities. Regular rates apply to shows and activities in the main building.

Details are online at

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