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You can’t watch the Great American Eclipse without this

Delta College Planetarium Director Mike Murray says you will need one special item in order to be able to watch it without damaging your eyes. (WEYI)

A total solar eclipse will pass through the entire United States for the first time since 1918 on August 21.

People watching the phenomenon from mid-Michigan will be able to see nearly all of the sun disappear from the sky that afternoon.

However, the closest point to see the total eclipse, or totality, would be in southern Illinois or western Kentucky.

Delta College Planetarium Director Mike Murray says you will need one special item in order to be able to watch it without damaging your eyes.

“It’s never a good idea to stare directly into the sun. The best way to be able to see the eclipse as it happens is to pick up eclipse viewers which have a special lens which will block 99-percent of the suns dangerous rays,” Murray says.

Delta Collage Planetarium is hosting a special series of shows to teach people about how rare the event is, and the best way to watch it.

You can find out more about those classes here.


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