Mar 20, 2024 - News

How to experience the solar eclipse in Michigan

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

A total solar eclipse is coming April 8, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that's become one of the country's hottest attractions.

  • The next one won't reach the lower 48 until 2044.

Why it matters: The southeast corner of Monroe County will be the only part of Michigan where the total eclipse can be seen.

  • Detroit will see a partial eclipse between 2:41pm and 3:46pm, per NASA, with max coverage of 99.2% at 3:14pm.

Reality check: 99% sounds pretty close to a full eclipse, but don't be fooled, Space.com warns.

  • "Just like there's no such thing as being 99% pregnant — it's all or nothing," a scientist with the American Astronomical Society's eclipse task force told the space exploration publication.
  • It's the difference between seeing something kind of neat and experiencing a "profoundly beautiful and shocking sight," per Space.com.

Zoom in: If you want the full eclipse mania experience in-state, Monroe County has a list of events, including at the Monroe County Museum and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

The big picture: There are also plenty of places to drive to across Ohio and Indiana.

  • The closest major city to Detroit that's in the "path of totality" — or the track of the moon's shadow across the Earth's surface — is Toledo, an hour away. It'll experience a full eclipse for 1 minute and 30 seconds starting at 3:12pm.

How it works: Use eclipse glasses or other proper eyewear to catch the action.

  • Check out this list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors.

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