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Here in West Michigan, if the clouds cooperate, we will experience an 85-percent solar eclipse. When you turn your eyes to the skies this afternoon what will you experience? The man in charge of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium tells us you must protect your eyes by wearing eclipse glasses. Once those are in place, kick back and enjoy the show.

“There’s a prediction that this will be the most widely observed eclipse in history.”

Today is the day of the Solar Eclipse. We talk about it with GVSU Professor of Physics Douglas Furton.


On Monday, August 21… all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.  If you’re within the “Path of Totality”, you’ll be able to see a rare “total” solar eclipse.  In Michigan, we’re outside the  total eclipse path, but we will see a “partial solar eclipse”, which experts say is still quite remarkable.

“There is an official eclipse party at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and some of my colleagues will be there to help with that event, bringing telescopes that are safely filtered to allow people to see the eclipse happening, up close.“

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Coming this Monday, August 21st North America's eyes will turn to the skies taking in the solar eclipse. Here in West Michigan, if the weather cooperates, you'll witness an 85 percent solar eclipse. For more on when and how best to view it we turn to Dave DeBruyn, Curator Emeritus at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium who also considers himself a coronafile.