On August 21, 2017 the Midwest will witness the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years, and luckily for us, Missouri is one of the best states for viewing! The 2017 total solar eclipse will stretch diagonally from South Carolina to the Oregon coast, passing directly through Missouri. The line of totality passing diagonally just south of St. Louis, Missouri.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun, turning daylight into twilight and leaving the sun’s atmosphere visible for a fleeting moment. Eclipse chasers need proper eye protection, as viewers can only look directly at the sun during the approximately two-minute “total” phase of the eclipse.

One of the most concentrated geographical regions happens to be Missouri, making the “Show-Me State” and the surrounding areas some of the best places to view this remarkable event. Close-by Jefferson City, Missouri is close to the path of totality and is hosting several interactive events including a Total Eclipse of the Park party with music, sci-fi movies and even the Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” tribute concert in front of the state capitol.

Below are estimated times that the eclipse will hit the St. Louis and surrounding areas:

Chesterfield, Missouri: 1:24 p.m.

Kirkwood, Missouri: 1:30 p.m.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri: 1:40 p.m.

Fenton, Missouri: 1:56 p.m.

Farmington, Missouri: 2:12 p.m.

DeSoto, Missouri: 2:40 p.m.

Planning your own total solar eclipse viewing event? Check out this full path of totality map. You can also stay up-to-date with local St. Louis-area events by following our Facebook page, as we share fun solar eclipse viewing events in the surrounding area!