The countdown is on for one of the biggest events up in the sky.

On Monday, the moon will cover the sun creating a total eclipse in some parts of the United States, and treating those in the Ottawa area to a partial eclipse.

“So from our point of view, we will see the moon covering a portion of the sun, about 60 per cent coverage for the National Capital Region, said astronomer, Jesse Rogerson.

To watch the show the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is hosting a viewing party from noon until 4p.m. Rogerson will be on site to answer questions about the solar system.

Throughout the partial eclipse, protective glasses must be worn by anyone looking directly at the sun.  A number of these glasses will be available at the museum, along with solar-scopes.