A Rare Total Eclipse Will Really Be A Partial Eclipse In Our Area

Jul 31, 2017

It is the first total eclipse happening in nearly 40 years but will only be partially visible from Southeast Michigan.  I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what we can expect to see and experience when the eclipse occurs on August 21st.

The  rare total solar eclipse will only block the sun by 85% to 90% in our area.  The entire event will take several hours from start to finish but will peak just before 2:30pm, and the peak will take about 3 minutes.  

Vance says it's important to not look at the sun directly during the eclipse and says there are special solar glasses that can be purchased for safe viewing.  He says even a short look at the sun could damage your vision.  

This is the first total solar eclipse since 1979.

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— Lisa Barry is a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at 734.487.3363, on twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her lbarryma@emich.edu