On Monday, August 21, the U.S. will see day turning into night in the form of a solar eclipse. While we won’t have a total eclipse here in Michigan (we’ll see about a 79% eclipse), it’s important to remember to not stare directly at it. We know it’s tempting; just don’t.
While many places are reportedly running out of eclipse glasses, we’ve rounded up a few options to keep in mind as the day approaches. It might be best to call area stores (Kroger, Walmart, Target) ahead of time to see if they still have them in stock. Do you have any tips or locations that we missed? Hit us up on the tip line or comment below. Still looking for a place to watch the events? We have a map for that.
Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center will be holding activities on Monday to celebrate the eclipse. They’ll even have free glasses for the first 400 people. These will only be available on the day of the event, so plan accordingly.
It's coming! Visit us on Monday, August 21st to view partial eclipse. Hands on activities, solar viewing and planetarium shows throughout the day! . . . Note: We're giving away 400 solar viewing glasses to the first guests on the day of the eclipse with paid general admission. We're not selling any glasses prior to or on the day of the event. . . . #michigansciencecenter #MiSci #science #detroit #michigan #whatsyourelement #STEMinista #travelingscience #curiousminds #chemistry #biology #physics #astronomy #IMAX #planetarium #solareclipse #eclipse2017 #totalityawesome
A local library
StarNet has distributed millions of glasses to libraries across the country. In the metro Detroit area, we see plenty of places to check out, including Allen Park, Grosse Pointe, the Wilder Branch, and the Redford Township District Library. Here’s a screenshot of local libraries; click here and/or call the nearest branch to see what you can find.
Warby Parker locations across the country have been gearing up for the eclipse by giving away eclipse glasses and educating people on the eclipse. According to the Detroit News, the Detroit location is sold out, but like many others, they hope to have more in stock on Saturday. A call confirmed to check in with the store (don’t call), and they have pinhole projector templates here.
The Great American Solar Eclipse is just five days away! Don't forget to stop by your local Warby Parker store and grab a pair of eclipse glasses (hurry, they're going fast!), while supplies last. Not near a store? Head to our bio link to download a pinhole projector that you can use to view the eclipse safely.