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Northern Michigan viewing parties for the solar eclipse

If you want to join others viewing the solar eclipse Monday there are several spots hosting parties for the historic event across northern Michigan.

(WPBN/WGTU) -- If you want to join others viewing the solar eclipse Monday, there are several spots hosting parties for the historic event across northern Michigan.


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one area where people will gather for a viewing party. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dechow farm in the National Lakeshore’s Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

At the National Lakeshore, officials say the eclipse will start at 12:57 p.m. and end at 3:39 p.m. Maximum solar coverage of 75.26% will occur at 2:19 p.m.

Park rangers and astronomers from the GTAS will host different stations to view the eclipse from telescopes with special lenses, a projection screen, solar glasses, and pin hole viewing cards.

Due to the expected turnout, the location for this event has changed from the Dune Climb to Port Oneida. From the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, take M-22 13 miles north to the Dechow farm across from the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center on the Charles and Hattie Olsen farm near M-22 and Port Oneida Road.

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is also hosting a viewing party from 12:20 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Here are all of the details from staff of this event:

If you aren’t able to get into the path of totality for the biggest celestial event of the year, you can view partiality through the solar telescope at Headlands but PLEASE NOTE: Only 78% of the Sun will appear to be eclipsed from our location.


We will have our Observatory open with the Lunt Solar Telescope streaming live eclipse action onto the large screens in our Event Center program space, and solar filter telescopes set up outside for safe viewing. In addition, we will have a limited number of eclipse glasses for sale.

We expect to be busy, so plan your visit with the following in mind:The entire process from first contact of Moon with Sun until its end is about two hours and 40 minutes.

The Moon will begin to eclipse the Sun at 12:59 pm, edt.Maximum eclipse, during which 78% of Sun appears blocked by Moon, will happen at 2:29 pm.

The eclipse will end at 3:39 pm.The best plan is to consider the event like an open house, and to decide which thing you most want to see, first contact, maximum eclipse, or the “dying moments”. Then, you can come for that experience, and stay for all or part of the rest.

At Headlands we will also have live video stream from the path of totality, and eclipse-related crafts.

We expect to be busy, so arrive early for parking near the Waterfront Event Center, or be prepared to take a beautiful walk through the woods from the parking at the entrance.

Remember, this eclipse will occur during broad daylight, so a woods walk is a pleasant way to journey! Bring snacks and beverages.



The Leland Township Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to celebrate the celestial event. The viewing party at the Leland Township Library is free and open to the public from noon until 4 p.m. and includes certified safe glasses, direct solar viewing and an on-site expert to answer questions.

There are many more libraries hosting events across the area. Some of those events are listed here.

To learn how to make homemade devices to view the eclipse watch the video below:




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