Experience the Solar Eclipse at Bishop’s University

Experience the Solar Eclipse at Bishop’s University

A total solar eclipse will be visible on the afternoon of April 8, 2024, and the Bishop’s University campus is directly in the path of totality. Bishop’s University invites the community to a series of activities around Coulter Field to offer a memorable eclipse-viewing experience in the region.

Total solar eclipses are a rare once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, when day briefly turns into night as the Moon completely blocks the Sun. This is such a rare occurrence that the next total solar eclipse to be visible in a large city in the province will be in… 2106!  The partial eclipse will begin at about 2:16 p.m. and end at about 4:38 p.m., with “totality” occurring at about 3:26 p.m. and lasting for 3 minutes and 26 seconds.


Eclipse Glasses

Bishop’s will be providing glasses free of charge for registered guests to our on-campus eclipse viewing event! Members of the Bishop’s community and visitors will gather on Coulter Field to experience this unique event. Visitors are invited to explore the various kiosks where they will find information about physics, astronomy, and detailed eclipse information. Student volunteers will guide visitors on campus tours.

As parking will be limited on campus, eclipse-viewers are strongly encouraged to walk to campus to avoid traffic getting on and off campus.


Donald Lecture Series – Fantastic Eclipses, From Fear to Reason

Ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8, join us for a talk by astronomer Jean-Louis Heudier on Thursday, April 4th at 7 p.m. at Centennial Theatre. Dr. Heudier is an internationally respected astronomer and author of Astronomical Photography, Eclipses of the Moon and Sun, Book of the Sky, Book of the Moon, and Astronomy for All. This free event is presented as part of the Donald Lecture Series.

More activities will be announced soon. Visit the Eclipse-viewing at Bishop’s web page for regular updates and for advice on how to watch the eclipse safely.

For further information regarding the eclipse-viewing event on the campus of Bishop’s University, please send a message to eclipse@ubishops.ca.



Sonia Patenaude, Manager of Communications
sonia.patenaude@ubishops.ca | 819-342-2587