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Skygazers will have a rare opportunity next week to view a solar eclipse.

The event will be visible across North America next Monday, with Manitobans expected to be able to see a 70 percent partial solar eclipse, while other areas could get to view a full eclipse. 

The Manitoba Optometrists Association is reminding people in our province to take all necessary precautions before attempting to view it. 

That includes wearing specific solar eclipse glasses that meet ISO 12312-2 international standard and not directly looking at the sun otherwise. 

They add it is never safe to look directly at the sunadding there will be no time when it is safe to view the eclipse without eclipse glasses.