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.
Earth and Space Activities – Make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and much more! 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. 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.
Solar Observations – Join amateur astronomers in safely looking at the sun with telescopes as the earth falls into the shadow of the moon.
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. (The theater will be open to any who want 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!