Excellent Spots to View the Solar Eclipse in Detroit

Modified: January 16, 2018 | Story by Kayla Putz | Photos by Vito Palmisano

The solar eclipse crosses the U.S. from coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. Lucky for us, we’ll even get a glimpse of it right here in The D. Here are the best spots to view the solar eclipse in and around Detroit.

First Things First

Be safe. Do not look directly at the solar eclipse unless you have a pair of eclipse glasses. You may still be able to pick up a pair at your local Kroger, Walmart, or Target store. Local libraries may also have a pair. Call ahead to make sure they still have the glasses in stock.

Eclipse Viewing Parties Around The D

Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center in Detroit is hosting a full day of programming revolving around the sun, space and science on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield

Zip the Eclipse” from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday at The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield. Participants can celebrate the solar eclipse by participating in games and activities, with chances to win prizes or tickets to the park, by “jumping the moon” or “counting celestial bodies.” Climb through special treetop decorations and explore the majesty of this natural phenomenon. In the interest of safety, the first 100 climbers will receive a free pair of approved eclipse glasses.

Lawrence Technological University

Physics professor Dr. Scott Schneider will be setting up solar telescopes at Lawrence Technological University on Monday. The public is invited to join from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science will host a day’s worth of events to celebrate the solar eclipse, beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21. In the observatory, visitors will be able to see a live stream of the eclipse from locations in the path of totality. All activities are free with museum admission, except for planetarium programs, according to the website.

Can’t Get Outside?

Watch “Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA” on NASA’s Channel and Online

NASA will air a live stream of eclipse coverage starting at 1 p.m. featuring different images from satellites, aircraft, high-altitude balloons and telescopes. Programming on NASA TV starts at noon with a pre-show from Charleston, South Carolina.

NASA TV can be found at nasa.gov/nasatv.

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    Michigan Science Center
    5020 John R St., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-577-8400