Eclipse Tips: 7 Ways to Experience the Total Solar Eclipse in Missouri

On August 21, 2017, Missouri was among the best places in the country to see a total eclipse of the sun.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

On August 21, 2017, a coast-to-coast solar eclipse turned day into night across the United States. That day, the moon passed between the earth and the sun, blocking the sunlight and darkening the day.

Although everyone in the country was able to see a partial eclipse that day, only certain locations were able to see a total solar eclipse. The 67-mile-wide path of totality crosses the country from coast to coast (the first time that has happened in almost 100 years!).

Lucky for us, Missouri fell along that path. Online at nationaleclipse.com, there are 57 Missouri cities and towns listed as great places to watch the total eclipse and get the full effect of this stunning natural phenomenon. The eclipse lasts nearly three minutes in some places but much less in others, so we found seven Missouri spots that offered some of the lengthiest views of the total eclipse.
 

ST. JOSEPH
Start watching at: 1:06:27 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 38 seconds
While you’re there: The Remington Nature Center is open for extended hours and offers tons of eclipse-related activities for all ages. Plus eclipse viewing, of course.
 

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS
Start watching at: 1:08:10 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 30 seconds
While you’re there: Solar Fest  is your chance to join the eclipse fun in Excelsior Springs with a barbecue festival, educational activities and more.
 

ROCHEPORT
Start watching at: 1:11:50 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 39 seconds
While you’re there: See the eclipse from two wheels by taking part in the Total Eclipse of the Katy Bicycle Ride
 

COLUMBIA
Start watching at: 1:12:22 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 37 seconds
While you’re there: Attend The Totality Run, The Totality Ride, The Totality Music Fest and more in Columbia. The town is going all-out for the eclipse, and you can read about all the events at comoeclipse.com.
 

FULTON
Start watching at: 1:13:17 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 34 seconds
While you’re there: Head to Serenity Valley Winery the weekend leading up to the eclipse for a barbecue competition, a hot air balloon glow, live music and more. 
 

HERMANN
Start watching at: 1:14:31 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 30 seconds
While you’re there: There are activities all weekend in Hermann, including an eclipse-viewing party, a movie marathon and the annual Wine & Jazz Festival.
 

STE. GENEVIEVE
Start watching at: 1:18:05 p.m. Total eclipse lasts: 2 minutes 40 seconds
While you’re there: The city of Ste. Gen has activities planned to celebrate on the day of the eclipse and the weekend before. 

 

Plan It: Mark Your Calendar Monday, August 21

Timing is Key
Visit nationaleclipse.com to find the full list of towns within the path of totality, the duration of the total eclipse in those places and the best time to start viewing. 
 

Play It Safe
Make sure you wear eclipse glasses for safety before you look at the sun, or you could suffer eye damage. You can purchase them online at amazon.com and nationaleclipse.com. Additionally, never look at an eclipse with binoculars or telescopes.

 

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