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'It’s absolutely amazing.' People take in eclipse from Cranbrook to Cedar Point to Luna Pier

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Apr 08, 2024

(WXYZ) — The eclipse excitement has been building for weeks, and finally today the big moment arrived for people across the country.

Video from earlier in the day showed heavy traffic along southbound I-75 near Luna Pier:

Traffic backed up ahead of the total solar eclipse

Luna Pier, which is in Monroe County, was the only area of metro Detroit that is in the path of totality. Reporter Sarah Michals was stationed at Luna Pier most of the day.

“Another 20 years, I probably won’t be here, so I might as well take advantage of it,” said Ahmad, of Dearborn, who was visiting Luna Pier for the eclipse.

“It’s weird, it’s eerie … we’re all experiencing it, it’s really a phenomenon,” said a woman who was also watching the eclipse at Luna Pier.

VIDEO: People gather at Luna Pier to experience the eclipse:

Watching the eclipse from Luna PIer

Reporter Whitney Burney spent time at Cranbrook, talking to people gathering for a viewing party.

"Our laboratory is above us and the sky is available to everyone,” said an astronomer at Cranbrook.

VIDEO: People gather at a watch party at Cranbrook:

Watching the eclipse from Cranbrook

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Dan, who was at Cranbrook for the event. “I didn’t know exactly what to expect."

“The sun getting slimmer and slimmer, it’s just crazy,” said Dan's grandson Andrew.

And WXYZ anchor Carolyn Clifford was at Cedar Point in Ohio, meeting people who enjoy the thrill of an eclipse along with roller coasters.

It was so cool to see the totality … I’m so happy I came up for it,” said Spencer Richardson who traveled from Miami to Cedar Point to watch the eclipse.

VIDEO: People watch the spectacle from Cedar Point:

Watching the eclipse at Cedar Point

Monday's eclipse is the final total solar eclipse that will be seen over North America until 2044.

Watch our Solar Spectacle special in the video clips below:

Solar Spectacle: Enjoying the eclipse from Luna Pier, to Cedar Point, to Cranbrook Part 1
Solar Spectacle: Enjoying the eclipse from Luna Pier, to Cedar Point, to Cranbrook Part 2
Solar Spectacle: Enjoying the eclipse from Luna Pier, to Cedar Point, to Cranbrook Part 3