On Monday, August 21, much of North America will experience a total solar eclipse. While MiSci is not in the path of totality, we will experience a partial eclipse. Because of this, we’re planning to host a whole day of programming revolving around the Sun! In Detroit, the partial eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m. The most coverage will be at 2:27 p.m.
Eclipse Safety – Never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse! Watch our interview on Channel 4 to learn how to view the eclipse safely.
Eclipse Glasses – Grab a pair of free eclipse glasses during our eclipse activities at MiSci to make sure and keep your eyes safe. Glasses numbers are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Solar eclipse viewing glasses are available from a variety of online vendors. It’s important that the glasses are certified! Learn more about glasses certification and check out this list of vendors for glasses.
Earth and Space Activities – Make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and much more 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.! Learn about ongoing research at NASA and get hands-on with Earth and Space science concepts.
Sunstruck – Discover the wonders of our sun in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium at noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death. (Not included with general admission).
Solar Observations – Join amateur astronomers in safely looking at the sun with telescopes as the earth falls into the shadow of the moon. (Beginning around noon)
Pinhole Solar Viewer – Using simple household materials, we will create a safe way to watch the eclipse.
Live stream of the Eclipse – We’re going to stream the solar eclipse throughout the day in the Toyota Engineering Theater (11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m). The theater will be open to any who wants to watch the live stream and no ticket will be required. The live stream will also be available on monitors throughout the building so you won’t miss any of the big event.
Space Activities in Spark!Lab – Participants are challenged to design homes, cities, and other new technologies that would help them live in different parts of space. Designs will take into consideration the adjustments that come from settling on exoplanets with temperatures, atmospheric pressures, and other conditions that are vastly different from what we are used to here on Earth!