3-Day Celebration of the Total Solar Eclipse in Washington, Missouri
More people will see the eclipse in Missouri by default, than at any other point along the path. Kansas City and St. Louis are split by the path, and will only see seconds of a partial totality. From the St. Louis area, people can head west to Washington to view and celebrate this unique event! Come on Amtrak and take the shuttle to the viewing areas.
Saturday, August 19
A Dome Theater—Mobile Planetarium will be at the City Hall Council Chambers throughout the day, with laser shows of the solar system and the eclipse. For more information call the Washington Library at 636-390-1070.
Sunday, August 20
Main Street in downtown will be bustling with Moonlight Madness. Stores will be open late, Farmers’ Market vendors will be on the street vending. A movie under the Market -- Space Balls -- will begin at dusk. Most activities will begin at 5PM.
Monday, August 21
The Washington Fairgrounds will be our premier viewing area. Event begins at 10AM and will continue until 5PM. Plenty of free parking, open space, restrooms, boosted cell service, shade areas, cooling stations, first aid, and food, drink, and souvenir concessions are all open to the public. So bring your chairs, blankets, and pop-up tents, if you like, for your viewing comfort!
Mini Museum and Educational Areas, food and souvenir vendors will open.
11AM & 3PM:
Presentation -- “Purchasing Your First Telescope.”
Moon begins crossing the Sun.
Count down to totality begins.
The moon finishes eclipsing the Sun.
Live musical entertainment begins
Shuttle begins making downtown runs.
Throughout the day: Our Emcee, Will Sky the Solar Guy, will be conducting solar trivia contests!
Glasses may be purchased at the Washington Visitor Center, 301 W. Front Street, in advance or at the viewing area the day of the event (if available.)
What is an Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the sun and the moon are aligned such that the shadow of the moon falls upon Earth. People in the moon’s umbra will experience a total solar eclipse, while those in the penumbra will experience a partial eclipse.
Because of the motion of the Earth and moon, the moon’s shadow traces a path across the Earth’s surface.
Although total eclipses occur about twice a year, the location of the path changes, making eclipses rare at any given location on Earth.
Timeline for Washington, MO
All times are central time, August 21, 2017
11:48 am Moon begins crossing the Sun
12:50 pm Sun is more than half covered
1:15:33 pm Totality begins
1:18:01 pm Totality ends
1:43 pm Sun is more than half covered
2:43 pm Moon finishes eclipsing the Sun
Totality lasts 2 minutes and 28 seconds!
1:15 pm—1:18 pm
August 21, 2017
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