Bob McDonald has the summer off from Quirks & Quarks, and one of the things he’s doing on his summer vacation is travelling to Casper, Wyoming to stake out a prime viewing spot for today’s total solar eclipse.
Bob’s chased five eclipses in the past, on several continents. He says the experience is one of the great ways to feel a connection to the astronomical world – and a remarkable visual and sensory experience. It’s also a great party, as he’ll be joined in Casper by thousands of other sky-watchers. In fact some estimates suggest that as many as 20 million people may watch from under the 100km wide strip that will see a total solar eclipse.
In Canada most of the country will see a still spectacular partial eclipse ranging from 90% of the sun being covered in Victoria to closer to 70% coverage for most of the population of the country.
Listen to Bob discuss the event here: