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Will Michigan Ever Get An Eclipse

  1. Jun 20, 2017 #1
    I am from Michigan, I read about the August 2017 eclipse and it's not passing through my home state. I was wondering, is there any formula or even just general common sense that will say if their will ever be a Eclipse in Michigan? I don't care if it's a solar OR lunar eclipse. Will there be an eclipse in Michigan in the next hundread years, thounsand, million, ever? Not many actors or stars in general come to here even though it's a great state. An eclipse would be cool, thank you for taking the time to answer this question if you willing.
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  3. Jun 20, 2017 #2


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    Welcome to PF! (I've moved this to astronomy).

    Lunar eclipses happen about twice a year and are visible everywhere the moon is up at the time (so, half the planet). Unfortunately if you missed the last one in February, the next one that might just barely be visible where you are (not certain) is in January of next year.

    Solar eclipses are much rarer. There's some maps and other tools at the bottom of this page:

    Though you won't see the sun totally eclipsed this August (unless you drive south...), you will see it partially eclipsed if the weather is good:
  4. Jun 20, 2017 #3
    Total Solar eclipses are rare and only last about 6h on average, covering a small region, and are less common as you get further from the equator.
    I think it could happen in Michigan, but if it was going to happen in the next century, somebody would likely have foreseen that.
    The dynamics of Earth/Sun/Moon are very predictable.
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    much shorter, an hour or so at the most, and totality only a few minutes
    it's the lunar eclipses that go on for several hours from start to finish

    It has in the past ...
    24 Jan 1925 the path went across northern MI.
    10 May 1994 also almost an identical path to the one below, just a bit further into MI
    08 Apr 2024 there's one that passes just on the south side of MI, would take only a short drive to get into the path of totality ( 1 - 3 hrs depending on your location)
    11 Jun 2048 totality will be see from nthrn tip area of MI
    14 Sept 2099 totality crosses SW corner of MI
    04 Aug 2111 an annular solar eclipse through middle of MI
    26 Oct 2144 crosses nthrn MI
    17 Jul 2205 crosses sthrn MI
    21 Feb 2218 crosses nthrn half of MI
    06 Jun 2263 crosses nthrn MI
    25 Feb 2343 crosses central MI
    04 Dec 2345 totality crosses SW corner of MI
    05 Jan 2410 totality will be see from nthrn tip area of MI

    there ya go, can be bothered going any further

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    that's out to the year 3000
  7. Jun 21, 2017 #6
    Thanks, it turns out I was wrong, I knew the path of the sun and moon was predictable, which is why I asked (I knew it wasn't impossible). I live
    bout 9 miles east of St. Johns and about 10 miles west of Owosso. Basically just east of perfect central Michigan. Northeast of Lansing. I give an even bigger thankyou for the very fast answers.
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    Wait your turn. There hasn't been a total solar eclipse in the greater St Louis area since 1442 - that's even before my time. We will be treated to another in 2024 in case this one gets rained out. Heavy tourism is anticipated. It is expected to draw more people here in August than the 1979 Grateful Dead concert in Carbondale, IL. After 2024, the next one here will not be until 2505.
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    The next Grateful Dead concert?
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    It appears you didn't read through my lists above :wink:
    and the OP was talking about MI in general, not a specific city/location :smile:

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017
  12. Jun 23, 2017 #11
    If you stand in one spot long enough anywhere on the planet, you will witness a total solar eclipse approximately once every 300 years. :cool:
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