Local Astronomers host solar eclipse “watch” party

Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-23 10:57:46-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A partial solar eclipse could be visible across West Michigan Thursday evening. The moon will eclipse the sun during the early evening hours, very close to sunset. The proximity of the eclipse to the sunset will make for ideal viewing conditions IF we can see somewhat clear skies.

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association has joined with the Grand Rapids Public Museum to host a viewing party for families to safely view the partial solar eclipse. Starting at 5 PM the GRAAA will set up telescopes on the Museum parking ramp so viewers will be able to watch the eclipse. Members of the GRAAA will be on-hand to answer questions and assist viewers as long as the weather co-operates.

With a chance for clouds to move in later in the day, the clouds could block the view of the eclipse. Meteorologist Jon Shaner has a great detailed look at the eclipse viewing conditions HERE.

For more information on the GRAAA or the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

Museum Parking Ramp

Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 at 5PM

Free to the public, parking fee applies to those using the parking ramp.