Eclipse Information

Everything you need to know about the Total Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017

Eye safety is critical during upcoming eclipse

The Missouri State Health Department released the following information about the total eclipse: On August 21st, people will gather from coast to coast to view a rare solar eclipse, especially in Missouri. The state will offer some of the best vantage points in the nation for witnessing this historic event. A 50-70 mile wide path

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Totality Preparations

The following information was released from Northwest MoDOT’s communication department, regarding events in St. Joseph: In just six short days the sky will darken in St. Joseph and across Missouri. St. Joseph residents have prepared as best they can as they and thousands of others plan to enjoy eclipse events across the city. But they

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Missouri to see its first total eclipse in 148 years

This is the first total eclipse that residents of Missouri have seen since August 7, 1869, which is 148 years ago. The 1869 total eclipse only crossed the northeast corner of the state. This year’s eclipse will pass over 42 Missouri state parks and historic sites. The next time there will be a total eclipse

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Local businesses gearing up for eclipse

Maryville businesses are making plans for the eclipse. Hotels Sherry Robertson, general manager for the Red Roof Inn and Country Hearth Inn, stated that both hotels have been completely booked for two or three months. She stated reservations started pouring in online as early as January, but the staff didn’t realize how full the facilities

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Here are some eclipse misconceptions

According to NASA, the following are common misconceptions that people have regarding an eclipse. Total solar eclipses produce harmful rays that can cause blindness. During a total solar eclipse, when the disk of the moon fully covers the sun, the brilliant corona emits electromagnetic radiation. Due to the coronal light being a million times fainter

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Nodaway County, nearby towns will see total eclipse

Towns located in the north and eastern part of Nodaway County, including Maryville, will only see a nearly total eclipse. According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryville will experience a 0.999 percent total eclipse, while Hopkins will experience a 0.993 percent total eclipse. DNR stated that the partial eclipse for Northwest Missouri

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Keep your eyes safe during the eclipse

Looking at the sun during an eclipse can be tempting but can cause permanent damage to your eyes if you do not take the proper precautions. Jeff Farnan, owner of The Spec Shoppe in Maryville and Stanberry, stated that that there are misconceptions regarding materials that are safe to use for viewing an eclipse. Individuals

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What is a solar eclipse?

On Monday, August 21, North America will be able to view an eclipse of the sun. Solar eclipses happen when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, covering up part of the sun. During a total eclipse, the moon will align perfectly with the sun, completely covering it, causing complete darkness. While the

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MoDOT gears up for heavy traffic

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been preparing for the influx of heavy traffic throughout the state as visitors come to view the eclipse. Traffic Operations Engineer for MoDOT’s Northwest District Jose Rodriguez, St. Joseph, stated his office was told by officials to expect anywhere from 50,000 to half a million visitors to the

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Frequently asked questions about eclipses

When a galactic event that doesn’t occur often happens, many people have questions. According to NASA scientists, the following are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding a solar eclipse: What causes an eclipse? Eclipses occur due to the coincidence of the moon and the sun being the same angular size. The sun is

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