The Eclipse

Lexington and surrounding areas are IN THE ZONE for eclipse totality!

Latitude: 39° 11' 05" N Longitude: 93° 52' 48" W

Duration of Totality*: 2m 26s Partial phase start: 11:42:37AM (CDT), at "1:00 o'clock" on the sun's disk

Totality Start*: 1:09:00PM (CDT)



A 70-mile-wide circle of darkness will cross Missouri at mid-day this summer. With the proper planning, you can achieve what star gazers call the “totality” of this astronomical experience.


Missouri is one of 12 states in the direct path of a total eclipse of the sun that will occur on Aug. 21, 2017. The last total solar eclipse to cross the state was on Aug. 7, 1869, nearly 150 years ago.


The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of the state. Next summer’s eclipse will begin in the northwest corner of Missouri at St. Joseph and sweep diagonally across the state to Ste. Genevieve.


Those near the center of the path will experience “totality,” in which the moon blots out the sun totally, turning day into night. The eclipse will last for over two and one half minutes in prime locations.


Eugene Vale, an interpretative resource specialist with Missouri State Parks, is passionate about astronomy.


“A total eclipse at all is special,” Vale said. “I’ve never seen one, so I hesitate in getting too extreme. But the scientists are really excited about seeing this one.


“It will occur about solar noon (1 p.m.), so the sun will be about at its absolute highest in the sky. No buildings or mountains or trees will get in the way. It will get dark. Temperatures will drop. The brightest stars will be visible.


“It will last about two and a half minutes, if you’re in the path of totality. Unless you are in that 70-mile circle, you will not see a total eclipse.


“When conditions are exactly right, the moon is the same or slightly larger than the sun. So when the moon gets directly in between the earth and the sun, it blocks out the solar disc.”


It will occur as a partial eclipse over the entire United States. Totality will spend about 90 minutes going across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina, and about 13 minutes over Missouri.

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