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April 8, 2024, a rare total solar eclipse; best viewing available in Southeast Michigan

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Residents of Michigan are preparing for an uncommon astronomical occurrence on April 8, 2024, when a total solar eclipse is expected to obscure a large area of North America. Even while Michigan won’t be in the path of totality, the state will still see about 98% of the sun, making for an amazing sight for onlookers.

The dean of astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michael Narlock, predicts that in Detroit and southeast Michigan, the eclipse will start at 1:58 p.m. and peak at roughly 3:14 p.m. While only a small portion of Monroe County is in totality’s path, the area is expected to experience a discernible decrease in light and a modest drop in temperature.

NASA predicts that this year’s total solar eclipse will stay longer than the one that millions saw in 2017 and that it won’t happen again for 20 years. It represents one of the rare chances for sky watchers to witness such a spectacle firsthand.

Taking safety measures is essential if you want to see the eclipse. Narlock cautions against glaring at the sun because it can seriously harm one’s eyes. For safe viewing, authorized eclipse glasses that adhere to ISO 12312-2 safety standards are advised.

As an alternative, people can make their own projectors or pinhole cameras to observe the eclipse indirectly.

Although Michigan might not be in the path of totality, the state’s southeast, especially Monroe County, provides a great vantage point to see this amazing phenomenon. The sun will be partially obscured by the moon’s shadow, providing viewers with a singular and breathtaking spectacle.

Keep checking back for more information and advice on how to enjoy the 2024 total solar eclipse safely.

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