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Lawrence Tech to offer the public a safe look at the solar eclipse

Release Date: August 16, 2017

NASA photo.


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University Associate Professor Scott Schneider will set up two solar telescopes on the university’s academic quadrangle for public viewing of Monday’s solar eclipse.

Schneider, who teaches physics and is an avid amateur astronomer, said the telescopes will be set up for public viewing from about 12:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the eclipse shortly before 4 p.m.

Michigan is not in the path of totality for the eclipse, but at its peak here, at 2:27 p.m., more than 79 percent of the sun’s disk will be covered by the moon.

That’s still not safe for direct viewing, Schneider stressed. “The most important thing is eye safety,” he said. “Use certified solar glasses, like those we’ll have at the event.” Schneider said certified glasses are marked with the designation ISO 12312-2. Even using solar glasses, Schneider said, people shouldn’t look at the sun for more than a minute or so without taking breaks.

As for photography, Schneider had this advice: “Just enjoy your experience. The astronomers out there will get much better pictures.”

After the eclipse, Schneider said he’ll serve up a traditional post-eclipse drink, an egg cream – which, he noted, “paradoxically has no eggs and no cream in it. It’s milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer water.” Schneider also has set up an eclipse Web page at  

LTU’s entrance is at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Free parking is available in the university’s lots along the south side of Northwestern Highway, west of Evergreen Road. However, Monday is also the first day of classes for the fall semester at LTU, so parking some distance away from the quad may be required.


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