On Aug. 21, 2017, mid-Missouri sky watchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. Find out if you’ll be able to view it from your community.
Columbia, and most of mid-Missouri, will be in the direct path of totality for a total solar eclipse!
There will be a bunch of places you’ll be able to view this eclipse (graphic below), including an event at Cosmo Park, which is being hosted by the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau – there will be food, music, activities, and more!
Timeline for Columbia:
11:45 AM – moon begins crossing the sun
12:45 PM – sun is more than half covered
1:12 PM – totality begins
1:13 PM – maximum
1:15 PM – totality ends
1:40 PM – sun is more than half covered
2:40 PM – moon finishes eclipsing the sun
If you do plan to observe the August 2017 eclipse, remember: NEVER look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, except when the solar disk is completely occluded (during the brief period of totality); serious and permanent eye damage can result.