Astronomical phenomena intrigue scientists and us common folk, alike.

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There's truly nothing like laying on a picnic blanket with a bottle of wine and views of a close pass of Saturn, lunar eclipse, or meteor shower. The events are mystifying cosmic spectacles perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic date.

In Montreal, such occurrences become huge public celebrations as thousands flock to the city parks to collectively witness some stunning extraterrestrial marvels.

At the top of the list, of course, are solar eclipses. The great solar eclipse of 2017 that swept across the North American continent led to a mass migration of tourists. Millions travelled to small towns at the epicenter of the event.

Well, another solar eclipse is on the way. This time, it will touch Canada.

The August eclipse will graze eastern Canada and be visible from eastern Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Those looking for prime viewing spots in relatively populated areas should go a few hours north of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Honestly, solar eclipses well describe our current cultural moment. These days it often feels like all the light in the world is becoming slowly dimmer. Grave and pessimistic headlines don't help. 

So why not witness in the sky an apt metaphor for the political situation? Maybe it will be cathartic? Or maybe the sun will at least block some of the intense summer heat? Though I'm pretty sure that's not how it works, unfortunately.

The eclipse begins on Saturday August 11th. You can check out this map here to see where in Canada your view will be best.

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