Experience the Eclipse on Aug. 21

Experience the Eclipse on Aug. 21

August 2, 2017

On the first day of classes for the Fall semester, Aug. 21, 2017, we will witness a remarkable sight across the United States. A strip of land (called ‘the path of totality’) about 70 miles wide or so that stretches from central Oregon through South Carolina will witness a total solar eclipse — a phenomenal natural wonder that turns daytime into night.

While Kirksville is not in the direct path of the total solar eclipse, spectators will witness a partial eclipse with 98 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon. Using their eclipse glasses, viewers can expect to see the moon slowly slide across the visible disk of the sun starting around 11:44 a.m.

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Solar glasses for viewing the eclipse

Solar glasses for viewing the eclipse

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