ST. LOUIS_ I don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s a huge event happening soon that is sending people into a tizzy, including all of us here at FOX 2! On August 21, the United States will experience a Total Solar Eclipse, the first one to race across the entire United States in 99 years.
Cheryl Fechter, with St. Louis County Parks joined us to talk about the fun!
A Total Solar Eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun from view as casting a shadow on the Earth. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow, you’ll see a total eclipse. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. For most of greater St. Louis area, the last total solar eclipse was in 1442.
The path will cut across Missouri from St. Joseph to Perryville, passing over towns like Hermann, Pacific, Potosi, Union, Farmington, DeSoto, Festus, and Ste. Genevieve. Southern portions of St. Charles and St. Louis Counties are also in the path of totality. In Illinois, the total eclipse will cross from Chester to Carbondale, which will experience the longest duration of Totality, more than 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
The eclipse will start at approximately 11:35am and the total eclipse will occur at between 1:15pm in Missouri and 1:25pm in Illinois. If you are in a spot where you can see it, the total eclipse will last about between one and three minutes depending on your location. The partial eclipse will continue until approximately 2:30pm.
NASA Maps of Path of Eclipse by state: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps
NOTE: NEVER look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse. You can easily damage the retinas of your eyes. Only during the total eclipse phase it is safe to view the eclipse without eye protection. Sunglasses DO NOT provide enough protection. You MUST use special eclipse glasses. Also don’t look at the sun with cameras or telescopes without special eclipse filters.
Great American Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Jefferson Barracks Park, south St. Louis County
Due to the angle of the eclipse, only the southern half of St. Louis will experience the total solar eclipse. The northern half of the County will only see a partial eclipse. Because of this, thousands of people will be heading south that day to see this amazing event. St. Louis County’s Jefferson Barracks Park will be hosting an free eclipse viewing event http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ThingsToDo/GreatAmericanSolarEclipse
Total Eclipse in the Park Celebrations in St. Charles County
Venues: Klondike Park, Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park, Defiance, and Quail Ridge Par, Wentzville.
Viewing events are free but will be limited to 1,000 guests per park.Each guest will receive a pair of commemorative eclipse glasses for safe viewing.
Klondike Park will have the longest duration of total darkness with 2 min. 14 secs. Broemmelsiek Park will have 1 min. 35 secs. of totality and Quail Ridge Park will have 1 min. 1 sec. total darkness.
Must register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/stcharlescountyparkrec/Activity_Search http://sccmo.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1909&month=8&year=2017&day=21&calType=0
Monday, August 21 Venue: Chesterfield Amphitheater, Chesterfield, MO
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm Tickets: $25.00
Enjoy this solar eclipse viewing party in Chesterfield. There will be live music from Eclipse, the Ultimate Journey tribute band. Attendees will have an unobstructed viewing location of the 2017 Great American Eclipse and its totality, concert admission, solar eclipse glasses, a totality swag bag, and admission to food truck row, the micro brew village, and vendor row. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
More info: totalitymo2017.com
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Herculaneum High School , Herculaneum, MO
Watch the eclipse, take part in the Moon Pie eating contest, enjoy live music, and more
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: West City Park , Festus, MO
Acres of open viewing space for visitors to come see the eclipse. Parking will be at the ballfield complex parking lot, so there may be a little walking to find a perfect spot.
Washington, MO Celebrates the Total Solar Eclipse
Venue: Washington Fairgrounds
This total solar eclipse is the first to come directly over Washington, MO since 1442. Don’t miss the event; you will not see this again here in your lifetime! There will be education areas, food, drink, and souvenir vendors, art exhibit, a GREAT area for viewing, and an After-Eclipse Party!
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Veterans Memorial Park, Union, MO
Union is located right smack in the middle of this narrow strip, allowing viewers here to see 100% total solar eclipse for a duration of 2 minutes and 37 seconds. The eclipse event will begin at 11:48 a.m. with a partial eclipse, and reaching totality at 1:15:34 p.m., then remaining in total eclipse until 1:18:11 p.m.
Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce Eclipse Viewing Party
Venue: Hermann Hill
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and stay for lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.
Solar Eclipse Showdown
Venue: Washington State Park, De Soto, MO
Pre-eclipse viewing events included crafts for kids and solar energy demonstrations. All events will take place at the petroglyph site. Eclipse sunglasses and viewers will be available for purchase while supplies last.
Celebrate The Total Eclipse
Venue: Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood, MO
Enjoy a park open house, be part of a human sundial, then view the eclipse. Events will take place at the River Hills Visitor Center and in the monument field. The park will have eclipse viewers available for sale for $1.
Solar Eclipse Celebration
Venue: St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre, MO
First learn about the astonishing event of a total eclipse of the sun and how to watch it safely. Then enjoy the eclipse. Events will take place at Shelter #2. The park’s telescope with sun filter and eclipse sunglasses/viewers will be available to share with other guests to look at the sun safely.
Ring Of Fire
Venue: Meramec State Park, Sullivan, MO
Events take place at the Meramec River canoe launch area. This “Ring of Fire” will last for 2 minutes and 32 seconds with its peak around 1:17 p.m. Viewing will require proper safe solar sunglasses/viewers. Items will be available on the day of the event for $1.
Venue: Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve, MO
On Monday, listen to find out if the pines whisper during the total eclipse. A tent will be set up in the field at the park entrance for shade, but bring your own lawn chair for seating. The eclipse begins at 11:50 a.m., with total eclipse starting at 1:17p.m.
Total Eclipse Of The Park
Venue: Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO
Learn about astronomy and the astonishing event of a total solar eclipse at interpretive stations then enjoy viewing the eclipse. The partial eclipse will start at 11:49am with the total eclipse occurring at approximately 1:16pm.
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Venue: Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial, MO
Events will be in the special-use camping area. There will be stations where you can learn about the way eclipses were interpreted throughout history by different cultures, where you can make your own pinhole viewer and learn about safety for viewing solar events, and an activity where you may try your hand at lining up a model sun, moon and Earth to understand how an eclipse actually works. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Staff will be available after the total eclipse ends to answer questions.
Como Eclipse: Show Me Totality
Venue: Cosmo Park, Columbia, MO
On August 21st, 2017, Columbia will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse! This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since February 26th, 1979. Columbia, MO will see 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, starting at 1:12 PM. At the viewing, there will be food, music, activities, and more.
Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium
Venue: Southern Illinois University- Carbondale Campus
Tickets (10,000 available): $25/person
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is in the path of totality for the first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration just a few miles south of Carbondale. There will be several events the day of the eclipse along with the public viewing at the football stadium. There will also be eclipse tailgating, indoor viewing, talks and presentations, and an area dedicated to eclipse citizen science.
Southern Illinois Miners Eclipse Viewing
Rent One Park, Marion, IL
The Miners have partnered with 4-H for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Experience the Solar Eclipse with activities for the whole family.
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo, IL
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm Admission: Free
Watch the eclipse with experts, enjoy live music, shop local artists
Total Eclipse in the Park
Venue: Bolm-Schuhkraft Park. Columbia, IL
Enjoy live music by Gypsy Jones Band and grab a delicious lunch at one of the food trucks that will be on site. Official Rainbow Symphony Solar Eclipse Viewing glasses will be on sale at the event while supplies last.
Total Solar Eclipse On The Mighty Mississippi
Venue: Various venues in Chester, IL
Multiple viewing events are planned in Chester. Visit the website for more information
Eclipse Viewing at the point of longest duration
Venue: Makanda, Illinois
Makanda, IL is location of the official point of longest duration of this solar eclipse. For 2 minutes, 40 seconds, it will be like nighttime with bright stars visible in the sky and street lights lit. Time of totality will be around 1:21pm. Thousands of people are expected in and around Makanda to view the eclipse. https://www.makandaeclipse2017.com/
Total Solar Eclipse Field Trip
Venue: Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults, IL Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Hosted by Clifftop, attendees will be seated in a field of wildflowers. Dr. Michael J. Krawczynski, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, will be on hand to guide us through the eclipse. Numbers are limited to 200. Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chair, and an umbrella to shield you from the rays of the August sun. Water and viewing glasses will be provided. Event is free but reservations are required by calling (618)935-2542 or email email@example.com by August 19. Tickets will be emailed two weeks prior to the event.