Andromeda Galaxy & Companions
The Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) with it's companion galaxies (Messier 32 & Messier 110).
Image By
FAAC Member, Tim Campbell
NGC 7023
Iris Nebula
Image By
FAAC Member, Gordon Hansen
NGC 7293
Helix Nebula
Image By
FAAC Member, Gordon Hansen

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360 Video of Eclipse totality Casper Wyoming with Ford Amateur Astronomy Club members.


Eclipse Party

Ford Amateur Astronomy Club will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Event at Hector J Robinson Observatory in Lincoln Park High School. A Map to the location can be found here.

The Observatory will open at 11AM the morning of August 21st 2017. Anyone bringing their telescopes and equipment can arrive after 11am to setup their telescopes equipped with the correct filters. If you are unsure what filters you need please contact the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club for further details at

Free Eclipse glasses will be provided on a first come first serve basis so get there early.

80% eclipse is what will be seen here in the Detroit area. See below for a simulation of what will be visible in this area.

What causes a Solar Eclipse?

When the sun shines on the moon it creates two shadows. The wide shadow is called the Penumbra, the narrow darker shadow is called the Umbra. When the Umbra touches Earth it creates a Total Solar Eclipse.

The reason a total solar eclipse happens is the moons distance from earth is just the right distance so it appears to be the same size as the Sun. The Moons diameter  is 400 times smaller than the Sun and the Sun is 400 times further away from earth than the Moon. 


Further details on Solar Eclipses can be found at the Eclipse Event at HJRO on August 21st. Learn how to observe the sun safely under the supervision of astronomers.We hope to see you there.


Additional Eclipse Resources

NASA Eclipse 2017 Website