Total Solar Eclipse 2017

A Total Solar Eclipse is set to happen on August 21, 2017, in a rare moment of cosmic geometry. The sun and the moon will align except for a ring of light that is produced from the sun's outer atmosphere. It is being hailed as the Great American Eclipse due to its viewing path that cuts across the US from Oregon through South Carolina.

The best news? According to, our region is in a perfect viewing area where we will be able to glimpse eclipse totality- weather permitting of course!

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Here is the scoop on just a few of the things going on in our region:

In Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University will be offering the youth camp, Summer of the Eclipse, through the Horizons program. The kid-friendly camps are broken down into ages 5-8 and 9-14 over three sessions beginning June 12th. The camp activities are designed to spark creativity and learning around the event in a non-traditional classroom environment.

More information about the summer camps can be found here

In addition to the youth camps, Southeast Missouri State University will be hosting several events on August 21 from 11a-1p that include inflatables, music, area food trucks, an atmospheric balloon launch and several performances at the River Campus. The day's activities will be capped off with a special keynote address delivered by world renown Scientist, Dr. Michio Kaku at 7:30p in the Show Me Center.

For more details about the Eclipse events and ticket info for the keynote address click here

For our friends in Perryville, the party starts on Friday, August 18th with the kickoff of the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce Solarfest. The Solarfest will be held in the downtown square and will include carnival rides, costume contests, science demonstrations, and of course, music, food, and drinks! The celebration will continue Sunday with a muddy obstacle course, a picnic, and a glow run & walk.

To find out more about all the weekend activities and the viewing locations for the eclipse click here

The Carbondale area is preparing for a Times Square like transformation at the SIU Saluki Stadium with an expected crowd of 45,000 people. The campus is offering many events leading up to the eclipse that includes science talks, the Crossroads Festival, Crossroads Comic-Con, an astronomy and technology expo, arts and crafts fair, and live NASA Edge coverage of the event. Details for the events can be found here

No matter how you choose to participate in this historic event, do so safely! Safety glasses for this event are a must! Sunglasses will not safely take the place of special glasses needed to view the eclipse. Check the event details to find out if glasses will be provided, or be sure to purchase your own.


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