We made it! The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 swept the nation today, and Detroit, for the most part, had sunny skies at least at the peak 79% eclipse. The muggy day saw people streaming out of their offices, staring at the sky with special eclipse glasses or staring down into homemade pinhole boxes.
We didn’t get to see a full eclipse here in the north, but to get an idea of what totality looked like through the middle of the country, we have a roundup here.
When will Detroit see another solar eclipse? We only have to wait just under seven years; one will sweep through on April 8, 2024. Totality will be much closer that time around; we’ll have to take a road trip to Ohio to see the full eclipse.
Many Detroiters watched from sidewalks and parks, while others gathered at museums and libraries. The Michigan Science Center held a big viewing party, which is where we start.
The eclipse provided a nice break from work downtown.
Gotta get that Hot and Ready.
And the DIA posted some famous faces catching the eclipse back in 1932.
Happy #SolarEclipse2017! Pictured here are Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and others watching the solar eclipse of August 31, 1932 on the roof of the DIA. #solareclipse #DiegoRivera #FridaKahlo #Detroit _______________ Image: "Rivera Photos: Rivera Portraits Watching an eclipse," 1932. Museum Archives, Detroit Institute of Arts.