A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun and on Monday, August 21, we will witness this once in a lifetime event in St. Louis. This will be first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years, so we have a few suggestions on the best viewing possible.
The full eclipse will last upwards of 3 hours from beginning to end, but total eclipse is only for 2 minutes 41 seconds, but depending on your location it can be much shorter. Some St. Louis City residents in areas like Tower Grove, The Hill or Bevo will have a view of the eclipse, but if you are located above Interstate 64, you should look for an alternate viewing location to the west or north. For example, St. Clair, Missouri will see the longest total solar eclipse for the full 2 minutes, 40 seconds, but those viewing in Benton Park will see it for only 11 seconds.
To fully view the eclipse you will need protection from the sun’s rays. Check with libraries, museums, schools, astronomy clubs or science centers for eclipse glasses and remember that any eyewear you purchase for yourself should by ISO-123122 compliant. The St. Louis Science Center is currently selling these glasses for an affordable price while supplies last.
There are several viewing parties happening around St. Louis, including at the St. Louis Science Center, where you can enjoy food, fun, demonstrations and during the eclipse, Planetarium educators will describe what is happening.
To find eclipse maps, a list of viewing parties and where to buy protective glasses visit http://www.stlouiseclipse2017.org. For more information on the St. Louis Science Center’s eclipse events, visit slsc.org.
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