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A once-in-a-century event is set to shine over Inuvik June 10 in the wee hours of the morning.

An annular solar eclipse will occur from 3:49 a.m. to 5:33 a.m. This is the one and only time a solar eclipse will be visible from Inuvik this century.

Annular means the moon will fully quite cover the disc of the sun, resulting in a glowing ring surrounding the eclipse.

Amateur astronomers Mike Bodnar and CJ Parr will have a telescope set up in the field on Firth Street, just north of the New North Networks Dome. There will also be basketball and volleyball games set up to pass the time at the East Three School tennis court. Once the sun gets high enough, the crowd at the tennis court will be taken to where the telescopes are.

Because viewing a solar eclipse directly can be damaging to the eyes, eclipse shades will be provided for the event. They must be worn at all times when viewing the eclipse.

Snacks and drinks will be provided by the NWT Parks and Recreation Association.

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Eric Bowling

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  1. I remember experiencing the last (near) total eclipse that occurred in Inuvik on July 10, 1972. We were at about 99% coverage, but it was 100% in Tuk. It was down right eerie when the sky’s darkened in the middle of the day.