The Eclipse glasses donated by the foundation are advancing rapidly

On Monday, a line for glasses stretched outside the doors of the Rosemont Library.

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A donation of special certified glasses that will allow you to witness the solar eclipse visible in southern Quebec on April 8 is proving very popular in the city.

As reported last week, the Trottier Family Foundation donated 256,000 pairs of certified eclipse glasses to be distributed throughout the Espace pour la vie Montréal, which encompasses the Botanical Garden, the Biodome, the Insectarium and the Planetarium. The mission of the Trottier Family Foundation is to have a positive impact on the world through the promotion of science, education, health and the environment.

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In a sign of how popular the glasses are, on Monday the Rosemont Library posted a message on of hours. The Marc-Favreau Library, also in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie district, posted a similar message the same day.

Olivier Hernández, director of the Planétarium, told the Montreal Gazette that the free cups are popular and that at least 12 of Montreal’s 45 public libraries had given away all the pairs they received as of Wednesday. Numbers for the other libraries were not available Wednesday, but Hernandez said he has heard that people with library cards have made eyeglasses a popular item throughout the city.

Hernandez said 50,000 of the glasses supplied to the libraries came from the Trottier Family Foundation donation, while another 7,500 came from the Trottier Institute for Exoplanet Research.

Thanks to donations, Espace de la vie Montréal was also able to supply a total of 289,550 pairs of glasses to all public primary and secondary schools and to the CEGEPS on the island of Montreal.

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Earlier this week, the Lester B. Pearson School Board sent emails to parents of all students informing them that free certified glasses will be provided to each student even if they do not have school that day. The board decided to give students the day off on April 8 for their protection. Viewing the eclipse without proper protection can cause retinal burns.

On the evening of April 8, parts of southern Quebec will witness the total solar eclipse, an astronomical event that occurs when the moon travels in front of the sun and blocks it for a short period of time.

The last total solar eclipse visible in Montreal dates back to 1932 and the next one won’t occur for another 180 years.

Hernandez said another 150,000 pairs of ISO 12312-2:2015 certified glasses will be delivered to Parc Jean Drapeau on the day of the “big event” and another 10,000 will be delivered to City of Montreal employees.

The Montreal Science Center, in the Old Port, will host a different show starting at 1 p.m. on April 8. Free pairs of certified glasses will be handed out at three locations: the façade of the science center and the entrances to the Jacques Cartier and Alexandra docks.

You can watch an instructional video about the eclipse produced by Espace pour la vie Montréal here:

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