On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States. Since no other country will be able to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed the “All-American Eclipse.” The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Detroit, but it can be observed as a partial solar eclipse. We will be able to see a partial solar eclipse beginning at 2:27 p.m. at the maximum view. The eclipse will last 2 hours 44 minutes. The magnitude of the eclipse (the fraction of the diameter of the sun that will be covered by the moon) is valued at .86 in our area.
We want to make sure DPSCD students and employees avoid the dangers of sun gazing and take advantage of this very special educational opportunity. We have compiled a list of safety precautions and opportunities below.
Safety procedures to consider:
- Due to the risk of eye damage from looking directly at the sun, we highly recommend keeping your activities indoors.
- If students are outside during the eclipse time, encourage them to look down and not directly at the sun.
- Want to stay indoors? Check out this video.
For more information:
- August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse – Detroit: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/detroit
- NASA.gov Eclipse Live Stream: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream
Local Eclipse Event:
Michigan Science Center – Solar Eclipse Event