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The District of Carleton North is delighted to bring you an outstanding evening! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you. Witness the Solar Eclipse Monday April 8, 2024 in the direct path of totality and have the unique opportunity to hear Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired Canadian Astronaut speak on the same day.

Be with us as the doors swing open at 5pm for a night of entertainment, featuring main speaker Colonel Chris Hadfield and comedic stylings of James Mullinger.

TICKETS: for Eclipse 2024 featuring Colonel Chris Hadfield

The onboard Camera will provide live, magnified, telescopic images of the total eclipse of the Sun form the stratosphere to ground-base audiences in Western New Brunswick and the world-wide audience via the internet.

The Balloon Solar Eclipse Project is pleased to announce that it will project images from its high-altitude balloon to 5 different locations in the Western Valley of New Brunswick.

  • Florenceville-Bristol: Northern Carleton Civic Centre, 40 McCain Street (followed by James Mullinger & Colonel Chris Hadfiled)
  • Woodstock: McCain Community Theatre, Woodstock High School, 144 Connell Park Road
  • Hartland: Hartland Community School- Cafetorium, 217 Rockland Road
  • Perth-Andover: The River Valley Civic Centre, 11 School Street
  • Plaster Rock: Tobique-Plex, 159 Main Street

The Balloon Solar Eclipse Project, with Bell Canada’s assistance as Partner to the project, will relay live images of the total solar eclipse back to earth. Teams at each location will provide on-site assistance as well as the audio-visual projection of the relayed images.  

The solar balloon will launch privately from the Amsterdam Inn grounds in Florenceville-Bristol at approximately 3:30 pm on April 8th, as the moon starts covering the sun. Totality will occur at 4:32 pm and will end after about 4 minutes, so the images will finish around 4:45-5 pm. 

This volunteer effort to capture live images of a total eclipse of the sun is the first time a non-governmental group has attempted such a feat. The last time there was a total eclipse of the sun in central New Brunswick was in the year 932, so this is a rare opportunity to experience one of nature’s most spectacular events!  

We hope to see you at one of the viewing locations on April 8th for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass through certain parts of New Brunswick, Canada. The areas of Fredericton, Woodstock, Florenceville-Bristol and Miramichi will all experience 100% totality, that is, a complete coverage of the sun. The path of this extraordinary cosmic event will also cross the southern tips of Ontario and Quebec, western P.E.I. and central Newfoundland.

The solar eclipse poses a significant risk to the eyes, so we will be providing complimentary glasses for safe viewing. Locations is to be announced.

NASA- Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse

American Astronomical Society-How to View a Solar Eclipse

How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse (Government of Canada)

Canadian Association of Optometrists: Solar Eclipse Safety

Glasses will be available in Carleton North at these locations after March 4, 2024:

  • Town Office: 19 Station Road, Florenceville-Bristol, NB
  • Bath Office: 161 School Street, Bath, NB
  • Centreville Office (Western Valley Multi-Plex): 698 Central Street, Centreville, NB
  • The Andrew & Laura McCain Public Library: 8 McCain Street, Florenceville-Bristol, NB

Your Eclipse Guide for Western New Brunswick Brochure


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