ADRIAN — If the conditions are right, the upcoming solar eclipse should give Lenawee County skygazers a good opportunity to see this interesting celestial event.
The Adrian District Library will host an eclipse-viewing party in library square from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. The library will have solar eclipse glasses on hand along with a telescope equipped with a solar filter for a brief look at the eclipse.
Michigan will not see a total eclipse. In Lenawee County, about 82 percent of the sun will be obscured as the moon passes between Earth and the sun, according to eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
Sarah Hanson, director of the Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College, said the community can expect to see approximately 83 percent of the sun’s surface obscured as the moon passes between the earth and the sun. She said the eclipse will begin a couple of minutes after 1 p.m. and the surface will become progressively obscured until the eclipse maximum at 2:26 p.m. Following this peak eclipse, she said the sun slowly will slowly emerge from behind the moon and the eclipse will be over at 3:47 p.m.
Hanson will give a presentation on the partial eclipse at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the library and at 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 18, at the Robinson Planetarium. She will explain the phenomenon of eclipses and what one can expect to see in a total eclipse and a partial eclipse.
“As a natural scientist, I am always excited by geologic and astronomical events and the upcoming eclipse is no exception,” she said.
Hanson is a professor and department chair in the geology department at Adrian College. She has degrees from University of New Orleans and her doctorate from the University of Utah. Hanson was the geologist in residence at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Flagstaff, Arizona, each summer for 12 years and she has been with Adrian College since 1998.
She said the eclipse can be enjoyed safely by anyone as long as they take…