Detroit to witness solar eclipse tonight 

click to enlarge TONY O'BRIEN
  • Tony O'Brien

Detroit and most of the continental United States could be in for a stunning sunset tonight, as a partial solar eclipse takes place in the middle of rush hour. 

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon blocks part of the sun from view. The sun then appears to have a dark shadow on a small part of its surface. As NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak describes it, "The new moon is going to take a bite out of the sun."

Here in southeast Michigan, the eclipse is expected to begin at 5:40 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 6:31 p.m.

For those of you headed westbound after work tonight, this oughta make your commute a little more bearable.

For some pro tips on viewing a solar eclipse, go to  
And for more information on tonight's eclipse, check out

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