JAN 25: SPEAKER NIGHT: MICHAEL WATSON AND RANDY ATTWOOD – THE 1979 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

The February 26, 1979 Eclipse from Gimli Manitoba

Forty years ago, the Toronto Centre mounted an expedition to observe the February 26, 1979 total solar eclipse from Gimli, Manitoba. Before organized tours to see eclipses were readily available, the Toronto Centre organized their own trip – with two chartered aircraft which left early eclipse morning and returned to Toronto later that day. The trip organizer, Michael Watson will review the circumstances of the eclipse and the efforts required to organize the expedition. A slide/audio presentation of the day trip was produced back in 1979. A newly edited video of the slide show, edited and produced by Randy Attwood, will be shown for the first time.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor. Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

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