Astronomers consider a full solar eclipse like the one happening today the grandest of cosmic spectacles.
The effects of the eclipse here on PEI will peak at around 3:50 this afternoon but the effects will first be noticeable just after 2:30.
The University of Prince Edward Island is planning a viewing party this afternoon in Charlottetown at 2:30 outside the entrance of UPEIs School of Sustainable Design Engineering. They will have solar telescopes and viewing glass to watch the eclipse safely.
The Earth, moon and sun line up perfectly every one to three years, but this will be the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through heavily populated areas.