August 21, 2017 11:27 am
Updated: August 21, 2017 4:25 pm

Solar eclipse 2017: Live coverage as the solar eclipse crosses North America

WATCH ABOVE: Solar eclipse moves across North America


Millions of people across Canada were treated to a partial solar eclipse while a total solar eclipse moved across parts of the U.S. for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Several states in the U.S. saw the rare total eclipse, meaning the moon completely covered the sun. The path of totality stretched from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. The total eclipse lasted from 10:16 a.m. PT to 2:48 p.m. ET.

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Canadians saw a partial eclipse, with the western coast seeing the most dramatic coverage of the sun.

Canadians in Victoria saw as much as 91 per cent of the sun go dark, giving them the best view in the country, according to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Vancouver residents were close behind at 88 per cent.

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The eclipse moved east, giving those in Regina about 80 per cent of an eclipse, and those in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto 70 to 75 per cent coverage. Ottawa and Montreal saw a partial eclipse with 60 to 70 per cent of the sun covered by the moon. Those further east in Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s saw 60 per cent or less.

The eclipse began in Canada in Victoria at 9:09 a.m. PT, and was visible last in St. John’s at 3:29 p.m. NT.

You can watch videos of the total solar eclipse in the player above.

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