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Detroit’s solar eclipse: what to expect and when to expect it (Updated)

Turn around August 21


Note: This article was originally posted on July 26 and has been updated with the most recent information.

On Monday, August 21, if you’re in Detroit, you’ll want to turn around every now and then around 2:30 p.m. FYI, if you’re not ready, you might feel like once there was light in your life, and now only love in the dark.

We’ll see an (almost) total eclipse of the sun.

Everywhere in the country will see some part of the eclipse. How much will you see? To help us understand, our sister site Vox recently unveiled a brand new, interactive tool that reveals exactly when the peak of the eclipse will be and how much of the sun will be obscured, depending on the ZIP code. The tool also offers directions for how far you will have to travel to see a total eclipse.

Depending on where you are in the city, we’ll see about a 79% eclipse, and it should peak at about 2:27 p.m. (The sun will be a shadow on you at the time.)

If we want to see the full eclipse, we’ll have to take it to the end of the line, about 400 miles southwest.

The data collected to create this tool was provided by the United States Naval Observatory and NASA. Check out the full tool on Vox here.

So what will the weather be like? As of Friday, August 18, it looks like it could be a little cloudy that day. If we don’t get treated to a big show outside, NASA’s here for that. They’ll be livestreaming the event. Still have some questions about the whole thing? Check out the Verge’s coverage here.

Don’t feel like you’re falling apart. For safety tips on viewing the eclipse, check out NASA’s website here. Still looking for some special eclipse glasses? You may want to call ahead, but we have some suggestions here. Looking for a place to watch it? Just step outside, but for special events, check out our map here. If you’re a little bit terrified of the eclipse, it might be a good time to reenact this; someone has a big house we can use, right?