If you haven't experienced a "Total Solar Eclipse", you are not alone. The St. Louis area hasn't seen a total solar eclipse (TSE) since the year 1442. Arguably, just north of St. Louis (touching the northern tip of Florissant) there was a TSE in 1869 but let's not quibble on the details. It has been a long, dry spell since St. Louis experienced a TSE eclipse and even more of a dry spell if you travel a bit further south to Jackson MO where they haven't had a TSE since the year 1257. In truth, TSEs are not really that rare but you do have to be in the right place at the right time and be at bit lucky with the weather. Most people aren't, on all counts.
This brings to August 21, 2017 in the St. Louis area. While about half the St. Louis regional area will experience only a "partial" eclipse, at least half of the regional will experience "totality" which is where the Moon will cast a shadow over the Earth and apparent nightfall will set -- all of this happening in the middle of day! Some 25 counties in Missouri including Franklin, Jefferson, Gasconade, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Warren counties will have all parts of their county experience "totality". Many are a short driving distance from downtown St. Louis. This is very exciting and we want everyone in the St. Louis area to get ready for this terrific event which could be a once in a lifetime experience.
Attendees at our June 17, 2017 Solar Eclipse Expo will get a chance to learn more about their viewing options. Where is the best place to go? How do I view the eclipse safely? For that matter, what is a total solar eclipse and what's the big deal? We hope that you will join us for this FREE event.
Visit our St. Louis Eclipse Task Force Website to learn more about eclipses and our goals: http://www.stlouiseclipse2017.org
Enjoy this fun video of the March 9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse in Micronesia.