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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A woman wears solar glasses while enjoying the partial eclipse
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The moon almost eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Oregon, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Redmond, Oregon. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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Solar eclipse pictured from Depoe Bay, Oregon, on August 21,
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Solar eclipse in pictured fro, Depoe Bay, Oregon on August 21, 2017. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

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The sun is obscured during the solar eclipse in Depoe Bay, Oregon, August 21, 2017. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

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The moon is seen from Northern Cascades National Park in Washington, as it starts passing in front of the sun during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Bill Ingalls/NASA)

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A crowd wears protective glasses as they watch the beginning of the solar eclipse from Salem, Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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A note to the procrastinators among us in North America: If you miss out on today’s total solar eclipse, your next chance to watch daylight plunge into darkness midday will be in April 2024.
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The sun rises behind Jack Mountain in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington, before Monday’s solar eclipse. (Bill Ingalls/NASA)

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A woman attempts to take a photo of the rising sun through her eclipse glasses in Salem, Oregon on Monday, August 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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The solar eclipse has a history of being associated with strange myths. While these days it’s a popular spectacle, it used to be regarded as a bad omen.
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A woman looks through a telescope on a football field before a solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon, August 20, 2017. Reuters/Jason Redmond

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Here’s how Canadians will experience the solar eclipse and how to watch it
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But before you aim your phone skyward, here are a few things to know.

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