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Risk Management Tips for August 21 Solar Eclipse

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

When Will It Take Place?

On August 21, 2017, Michiganders will be able to experience the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse across the United States in 99 years. While those living in Michigan will not see the eclipse in totality, we will be able to see approximately 80% coverage, depending on where you are in the state. This astronomical event will begin at around 1:00 p.m. EST. Peak coverage will occur between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m. EST and the eclipse will be over around 4:00 p.m. EST. Those viewing the eclipse can expect to see some daylight drop off and may experience slightly cooler temperatures.

What Is It, Exactly?

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth line up. During this phenomenon, the moon blocks the light of the sun and casts a shadow onto Earth. Solar eclipses happen approximately every 18 months during new moon cycles. Viewing a total solar eclipse depends on where you happen to be on Earth. Many times, these events happen over oceans or other parts of the world and we aren’t able to view them, which makes this particular event most newsworthy. The last total solar eclipse to cross Michigan was in 1925, and the next total solar eclipse viewable in Michigan is not expected until 2099, 82 years from now.

Manage Risks When Observing a Solar Eclipse

It’s important to take safety precautions when viewing the upcoming eclipse. Staring at the sun for even a brief period of time can cause permanent damage to your eyes, even during a partial eclipse. Do not view the eclipse through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, or binoculars.

Sunglasses should not be considered sufficient protection when viewing! Solar filters, eclipse glasses, or handheld solar viewers are recommended and should meet ISO 12312-2 standards for maximum safety. NASA has also indicated that Shade 12 welder’s glass or higher is considered safe for viewing.

Please be sure to check the filter’s shade number if you plan to use welder’s equipment. The following resource can help you determine if your viewers are safe:


  1. Do not stare continuously at the sun.
  2. Use proper protection.
  3. Even then, take breaks and give your eyes a rest.
  4. Enjoy!

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