Tomorrow, Thursday, June 10th, 2021, there will be a solar eclipse at the beginning of our day. We can certainly see them first if we are in the correct position of our sight.
This is going to be a partial solar eclipse here in Michigan. The Path of Totality runs northeast of Michigan in northeast Canada.
The solar eclipse starts before sunrise and will happen when we get our sunrise here in Michigan. Mike Murray, astronomer at Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, MI, says the solar eclipse will last only about 35 minutes after sunrise here in Michigan, from about 6:00 a.m. to 6:35 a.m. sunrise with a clear view to the northeast. Murray also reminds us vividly that we cannot look at the sun. We will harm our eyes. We have to look at the solar eclipse through solar eclipse glasses, or what is called a Hole pattern viewer. You can also look at a good camera’s LCD screen, but not through the camera lens.
The best view of the eclipse is along the shores of Lake Huron in northeast Lower Michigan, such as Alpena, Oscoda, and Harrisville. In these areas you have a great view over Lake Huron.
Time and Date.com says Alpena will have a 78 percent partial solar eclipse. Lansing will have a 45 percent partial solar eclipse and Benton Harbor will have a 31 percent partial solar eclipse.
John Robert Williams, commercial photographer based in Traverse City, shares great sunrise and sunset photos with us at the Michigan Weather Facebook page. He says you need very sophisticated camera equipment to get a great picture of the solar eclipse. Williams says the rare photographer could snap a picture of the solar eclipse with a 700mm lens and some special light filters. I’ve mentioned that sunrises often have their own “natural light filter” with moisture and pollution on the horizon, and Williams admits that this can help you get an idea of the solar eclipse. It also reminds us to only look at the LCD screen and not through the camera. It also warns that if you let it look in the sun for too long, you could fry your camera.
Here’s what Mike Murray shows as the appearance of the eclipse in Bay City and Kalamazoo.
Now you can decide whether it is worth getting a clear view to the east-northeast at sunrise tomorrow.
Hopefully we’ll get some good pictures on the Michigan Weather page.