The Kingman Museum in Battle Creek plans a free eclipse viewing event Monday, August 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek.

A pre-event session Thursday, August 17 brought 500 attendees, according to Emily Powell, Kingman Museum education and outreach manager. Powell said a supply of eclipse viewing glasses ordered by the museum was distributed quickly.

Powell said those who wish to attend the viewing party but are without special viewing glasses can bring an empty cereal box to Leila Arboretum ahead of the event, and museum volunteers will help folks create a pinhole projector. Watching the eclipse with the naked eye can potentially cause permanent damage and vision loss.

Kingman also plans some special planetarium shows before and after the eclipse. Click the player above for more details from Kingman Museum.

NASA scientists have been on a public relations tour for months, attempting to ready the public for what could seem like an alarming event, if a person was not prepared.

Scientist Dr. Geronimo Villanueva tells 95.3 WBCK more about what to expect, why the eclipse is significant and how much of the sun will actually be obstructed while viewing in southwest Michigan. Click the player below to hear more from NASA.