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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Name: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 11:50 AM - 2:40 PM CDT
Event Description:

Experience The First Total Eclipse in Park Hills and Leadington since 1442!!

The total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The partial phase will begin at in the late morning at 11:52 a.m. Totality will last from 1:16 p.m. - 1:19 p.m. The eclipse will end at 2:44 p.m. All Missourians are encouraged to go outside during lunchtime and observe the eclipse.

Where is the best place to observe the eclipse?
A partial eclipse will be visible over the entire United States, more than 500 million people in the US, Canada and Mexico will have a chance to see it! However, the real spectacle will be the total eclipse which will be visible in a 110 km wide path running from Oregon to South Carolina. The path will cut across Missouri from St. Joseph in the west to Ste. Genevieve in the east. 57 of Missouri’s 105 largest cities lie in the path of totality. More than 2 million Missourians live in this path! 24 of Missouri’s 53 largest Colleges and Universities are in the path with a student population of more than 130,000 students. See the following NASA website for more information. Read the full NASA article.

Can I safely view the eclipse?
ONLY during the total eclipse phase, the Sun is safe to observe with the unaided eye. In fact, the overall brightness of the Sun is expected to decrease to that of a Full Moon. The sky will darken like nightfall and bright stars and planets may be visible for the 2 minutes of totality!  During the partial eclipse phase, safe methods for viewing the Sun must be used. Special “eclipse viewing glasses” are available at the Chamber office for just $1 per pair! UNSAFE methods include: Sunglasses; Mylar Balloons or Food Wrappers; Smoked Glass; X-Ray Film; Film Negatives; and CDs.  See the following NASA Website for more safety information.  Read the full NASA article.

Eclipse Viewing Glasses are just $1.00 Per Pair NOW. 
Prices are expected to TRIPLE by August 1st!  
Eclipse Viewing Glasses are affordable, safe, and make great keepsakes too!  
It's smart to get your supply early!  Avoid inevitable shortages and price increases!


Fun Facts about the Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Adapted from posts by Michael Bakich, Astronomy Magazine 
  1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. For most of greater St. Louis area, the last total solar eclipse was in 1442Totality crosses only through the US, no other country. It has been coined the “Great American Eclipse”. 
  2. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse. This eclipse will be the most-viewed LIVE ever! More than 500 million people in the US, Canada and Mexico will have the opportunity to see a partial eclipse. The path where the Sun is totally eclipsed runs through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, MISSOURI, Illinois, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina. More than 10 million people are in the path of totality and 28 million people live within 60 miles of the path. 
  3. The path will cut across Missouri from St. Joseph in the west to Ste. Genevieve in the east. 57 of Missouri’s 105 largest cities lie in the path of totality. More than 3 million Missourians live in this path! 24 of Missouri’s 53 largest Colleges and Universities are in the path with a student population of more than 130,000 students. 
  4. Some of the eastern Missouri towns and cities in the path include: DeSoto, Farmington, Festus, Hermann, Hillsboro, LEADINGTON, Pacific, PARK HILLS, Perryville, Potosi, Ste. Genevieve, St. Clair, Sullivan, Warrenton, Washington, Union and large areas of St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, 
  5. A spot near Carbondale, Illinois will experience the longest duration of Totality, more than 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Missouri will experience as much as 3 hours of the partial eclipse and 2 minutes 30 seconds of totality! In Leadington & Park Hills, spectators will experience 2-Minutes and 17-Seconds of Totality!
  6. State Capitals in the path: Salem, OR (pop.=157,000); Jefferson City, MO (pop.=43,000); Nashville, TN (pop.=609,000); and Columbia, SC (pop.=132,000)    
  7. It is never safe to look at the Sun without proper eye protection.  The only safe way to view a partial or annular eclipse is using a projection of the Sun (such as a pinhole projector).  Filtered views of the Sun (such as eclipse glasses) can be safe too but the equipment must be properly filtered and correctly used.
  8. During the time the Moon’s disk covers that of the Sun, it’s safe to look at the eclipse. In fact, to experience the awesomeness of the event, you must look at the Sun without a filter during totality. 
  9. You won’t need a telescope. One of the great things about the total phase of a solar eclipse is that it looks best to naked eyes. The sight of the corona surrounding the Moon’s black disk in a darkened sky is unforgettable. 
  10. You may experience strange things. Apparent nightfall, dusk to dawn lights may come on. Shadows will look eerie. Breezes may vanish and birds may come in to roost. A 10°–15° F drop in temperature is not unusual.​
  11. Hotel Reservations in the area and all along the path of totality are ALREADY beginning to fill up for the event!

Viewing Locations Locally Include:

  • Mineral Area College
  • St. Joe State Park 
  • The Park Hills Sports Complex
Official Viewing Glasses are Available at the Following Locations for Just $1.00 Per Pair:  
Eclipse Viewing Glasses are just $1.00 Per Pair NOW.
Prices are expected to TRIPLE by August 1st!  
Eclipse Viewing Glasses are affordable, safe, and make great keepsakes too!  
It's smart to get your supply early!  Avoid inevitable shortages and price increases!

 
Event Media:
Location:
Viewing Location in Park Hills & Leadington Include:
  • Mineral Area College
  • St. Joe State Park
  • The Park Hills Sports Complex
Official Viewing Glasses are Available at the Following Locations for Just $1.00 Per Pair:
Date/Time Information:
Monday, August 21, 2017
11:52 a.m. to 2:44 p.m.
Totality will last from 1:16 p.m. - 1:19 p.m.
Leadington & Park Hills Spectators Will Experience 2-Minutes & 17 Seconds of Totality!
Contact Information:
573-431-1051
Fees/Admission:
Eclipse Viewing Glasses - $1.00 Per Pair
**WARNING** - To watch the partial stages of the eclipse, you MUST have proper eye protection!
Prices are expected to TRIPLE by August 1st!

Official Viewing Glasses are Available at the Following Locations:
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