2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse to Shadow Parts of Missouri

For nearly 13 minutes on Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, Missourians in a 70-mile swath stretching catty-corner from St. Joseph in the Northeast to Cape Girardeau in the Southeast will witness the totality of the moon obscuring the sun, otherwise referred to as a total solar eclipse. Totality will last anywhere from a few seconds to 2:39 depending upon a viewer’s specific location. During that time, darkness will fall, temperatures may drop 10-15 degrees, breezes may vanish, insects will come out, stars and planets will be visible, and if one lives on a farm, the animals may head toward the barn.

When looking at the sun, safety is important.  Here’s a list of eye safety suggestions from the American Astronomical Society for viewing a solar eclipse.

This will be the first total solar eclipse to touch the United State since 1991 when one occurred in Hawaii, and the first coast-to-coast across the southern U.S. since 1918. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the greater St. Louis area was 1442. St. Louisans can expect the next one in 2505.

Eclipse-chasers from around the world are expected to converge in St. Louis and the areas beyond as about half of both Kansas City and St. Louis lie within the patch of totality. Consider that more than 43 million people live in large metro areas outside of the totality path where St. Louis is the closest large city, making St. Louis a main destination. Hotel rooms will be at a premium during the period and travelers are encouraged to book their accommodations and travel plans in advance to ensure the best possible experience.

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Viewers in St. Louis are recommended to head to parks south and southwest of the city. One notable fact is that Jefferson City is one of only four U.S. state capitals located in the totality path. The others include Salem, Oregon; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbia, South Carolina.

The moon’s shadow that day will cross through 10 states, making landfall in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. (PST). The shadow will then cross through Idaho, Wyoming and the northeastern part of Kansas before entering northwest Missouri at 1:06 p.m. (CST) and crossing into Illinois approximately 13 minutes later. From Illinois, the shadow will pass through Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, before heading out to sea where it will depart the earth’s surface near Africa 75 minutes after leaving the U.S.

Eclipse festivities are being planned in many Missouri cities including St. Louis (Jefferson Barracks), Potosi, Perryville, DeSoto and Cape Girardeau, to name a few. Visitors to St. Louis can plan a weekend of fun at affordable area attractions as the countdown to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse approaches. Hotels catering to the eclipse chasers will be offering rooms at all price points to accommodate any travelers’ budget needs. Details on many of the St. Louis events planned at parks and other viewing sites in the totality path will be announced in August 2016, one year out from the epic event.

To find the perfect spot viewers can enter their location, even their address, at www.stlouiseclipse2017.org to determine best totality viewing sites. Visitors planning to come to St. Louis for the epic event can even plug in one of the hundreds of hotels and area parks in the vicinity to find a viewing site. Areas not located in the 70-mile-wide totality path will experience the more common partial eclipse; this will include the entire U.S. continent, Canada and the Arctic Circle. For eclipse information around the country visit NationalEclipse.com.

Whether in the partial or totality paths, everyone must use eclipse eyeglasses to prevent damage to their eyes. If located in the totality path, viewers may remove their solar glasses once the sun is completely obscured by the moon. Telescopes will not be needed – once in totality, this extremely rare phenom is best viewed with the naked eye. Within this zone of totality, also referred to as the umbra, Bailey’s Beads – bits of sunlight peaking through the valleys on the lunar surface – may be seen.

Solar Eclipse Events

Total Eclipse at the Arch
Monday, August 21, 2017
Luther Ely Square in Downtown St. Louis
Schnucks is proud to partner with the Gateway Arch Park Foundation to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. Join us on Monday, August 21 and you’ll have the Gateway Arch as a backdrop! There will be a variety of food trucks so grab your lunch and settle in for this spectacular event. Plus, we’ll be giving away special Solar Eclipse Cookies – baked fresh at Schnucks Bakery!

Gateway Arch Eclipse Speaker Series: Gateway to the Stars
Gateway Arch Visitor Center Tucker Theatre
June 4, July 2 & August 6, 2017 at 8 p.m.
A discussion about where you may view the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will take place inside Tucker Theater of the Gateway Arch Visitor Center. This will be the first visible eclipse in the St. Louis area since 1442. The talk is followed by free telescope viewing of the moon and Saturn, weather permitting. The discussion will be led by a ranger and guest speaker. Speakers include “Sky Ranger” Richard Fefferman on June 4; Donald Ficken, St. Louis Eclipse Task Force Coordinator on July 2; and Dr. Angela Speck, University of Missouri Eclipse expert on August 6. Call 314-655-1750 extension 472 to check weather conditions. On Eclipse Day visitors are welcome to view the nearly total eclipse from the Gateway Arch Grounds. There are also eclipse events and viewing areas south and west of downtown St. Louis where visitors can experience the zone of totality.

See the Great American Solar Eclipse
Jefferson Barracks Park
Monday, August 21, 2017
At the park, the moon’s shadow will begin t0 pass over the sun at 11:49 a.m. and the total eclipse phase will be from 1:17 p.m. – 1:19 .pm. Eye protection, in the form of specialized eclipse glasses will be required for safe viewing of the sun – looking at the sun directly, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. The event at Jefferson Barracks will be free and open to the public.  Check here for additional information and updates on the event.

Solar Eclipse Expo
Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park
Saturday, June 17, 2017
At this expo, you’re invited to learn more about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The expo will feature presentations by eclipse experts and more than 20,000 square feet of exhibits including activities for children.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
Monday, August 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Get ready for an event that is sure to eclipse all others! Identified as one of the best places under the sun (and moon) for viewing the solar eclipse, The Magic House is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in the Museum’s front garden. Solar eclipse enthusiasts will have it made in the shade as they safely watch the moon pass between the sun and earth with a special pair of viewing glasses. The celebration will include a variety of sun-sational activities including an out-of-this-world dance party! Free with Museum admission.

Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip
Schlafly Tap Room to Bloomsdale, MO and Back
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Schlafly Beer announces plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse in a big way with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager. In addition, the largest, locally owned brewery in Missouri will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO. Eclipse watchers are invited to join Schlafly at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, Missouri for the optimal eclipse experience as well as a BBQ, beers, lawn games and live music. For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com eclipse starting on July 1.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall
Monday, August 21
View this year’s total solar eclipse at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. on August 21st! Join us on the east lawn at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall (4465 Manchester Ave) from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. to experience the first total solar eclipse in St. Louis in over 500 years! The viewing party will feature:
-Cold UCBC cans
-Grilled hotdogs and brats
-And live music!
(We’ll have a limited number of viewing glasses available for free!)
Arrive early for this once-in-a-lifetime event as the sun will be fully eclipsed around 1 p.m.!

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Chesterfield Amphitheater
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Enjoy this solar eclipse viewing party in Chesterfield. All tickets include: a guaranteed safe unobstructed viewing location of the 2017 Great American Eclipse and it’s totality, concert admission, solar eclipse glasses, a totality swag bag, admission into, tailgate and experiential zone, food truck row, micro brew village, and vendor row.

Four Seasons St. Louis Solar Eclipse Escape
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
The Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel is offering accommodations and gourmet picnic baskets to-go for guests to enjoy while viewing the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse – Picnic on the Hill 
Stone Hill Winery
Monday, August 21
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the hill while having a front row seat watching this rare solar eclipse take place.

Jefferson College Solar Eclipse Viewing
Jefferson College Hillsboro Campus
Monday, August 21, 2017
Experience 2 minutes and 38 seconds of totality! Jefferson College will host a solar eclipse viewing event and a variety of family-friendly educational activities on Monday, August 21, at the Hillsboro campus. The campus will open at 8 a.m. and themed events will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a parking fee of $5 (cash only) per vehicle entering the campus. To learn more, visit www.jeffco.edu/eclipse.

Herculaneum Total Solar Eclipse Weekend
Herculaneum City Park
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
A two-day Eclipse Weekend festival will will include a parade, car show, music entertainment, food/concessions, vendor booths, children activities, adult activities and fireworks and more.

Washington, Mo Celebrates the Total Solar Eclipse
Downtown Washington & Washington Fairgrounds
Saturday, August 19 – Monday, August 21, 2017
Enjoy three days of activities to celebrate the total solar eclipse.

Perryville, MO and the Total Solar Eclipse
For those wanting to experience the solar eclipse at its longest, visit Perryville, MO, where the eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Fort Kaskaskia Solar Eclipse Viewing
Fort Kaskaskia, IL
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
You’re encouraged to bring your own chair and supplies for the eclipse viewing event. Eclipse duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds. Partial phase begins at 11:50 a.m. and totality will begin at 1:18 p.m. in Fort Kaskaskia. For your safety, please view the eclipse by using solar eclipse glasses with an optical density of 5 or greater.

Solar Eclipse Partner Offers

Great Solar Eclipse Box Lunch
St. Louis is lucky enough to be on the “path of totality” and it happens right around lunch time! Make the event more memorable with Orlando’s 2017 Great American Eclipse Box Lunch.

A sampling of Missouri cities and corresponding totality times:

While the moon’s shadow will caress U.S. soil for a mere 1 hour 33 minutes, front-row seats in St. Louis to nature’s greatest show on earth are still available.

Kirkwood (1:30)

Chesterfield (1:24)

Wildwood (2:00)

Eureka (2:15)

Fenton (1:56)

St. Joseph (2:38)

Kansas City (1:14)

Columbia (2:36)

Jefferson City (2:28)

Chesterfield (1:23)

Hillsboro (2:39)

DeSoto (2:40)

Festus (2:36)

Farmington (2:12)

Cape Girardeau (1:40)