Michigan Will Be Part of “The Most Watched Event Ever”
Remember back in August of 2017, when that total eclipse raced across America? Starting in Washington and exiting the U.S. in the Carolinas? Here, in Michigan, we didn't get to see the eclipse in totality, maybe only about 85%. Good news - things are looking better for Michigan during the next one. Time to start planning.
According to Forbes.com, less than four years from now, on April 8, 2024, North America is getting another total eclipse. In 2017, the path of the total eclipse passed over areas populated by about 12 million people. If you were part of a cattle herd in Nebraska, you got a great show. And, sure, you could've watched it on the Weather Channel (I did), with crying reporters in remote locations, But, if you wanted to see it in all its glory, you would have had to have traveled to southern Illinois or Nashville. In 2024, the total part of the eclipse will be over areas populated by 50 million people. Forbes says this will be "the most watched event ever".
On April 8, 2024 (a Monday), the total solar eclipse will last longer than the one in 2017. AND it will skirt the southeastern edge of Michigan - just north of Toledo, OH. To watch it in person I'm afraid you'll have to fight the traffic coming out of Detroit. But I have a plan.
MY plan is to drive down to around Muncie, Indiana, on I-69, and then park somewhere on a back road before the meat of the eclipse, which should start a little after 3 p.m. Who's with me?
So, plan now - take April 8, 2024 off. Because, after this, the next total eclipse over Michigan will happen on September 14, 2099.
Oh, I'll be there, somehow. I've got a plan.