Preparations continue as solar eclipse draws near

9 months 4 hours 24 minutes ago Thursday, July 20 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:25:00 PM CDT July 20, 2017 in Eclipse Planning
By: Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Friday marks one month until the solar eclipse, and Columbia organizations and businesses are making last minutes tweaks to prepare for the event.

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a number of different events for their “Show Me Totality” festival. Strategic Communications Manager Megan McConachie said it's been preparing for the eclipse for over a year.

“We knew the eclipse was going to be a big deal and it was time to organize something that people who were going to be visiting could experience,” she said.

McConachie said the hardest part about preparing for the festival is predicting how the day will go when it comes.

“Kind of the first rule of event planning is well ‘how many guests will you have? How many attendees will there be?’” She said. “And at this point there’s really no way of knowing for sure. So there’s so many factors going into that.”

Despite the pressure and work, McConachie is ready for the eclipse.

“Getting ready for this, there’s a lot of anticipation and so I’m just really excited for it to get here,” she said.

Angela Speck, the Director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri, is helping prepare Columbians for the eclipse through education.

“We want to have the population ready to know what’s happening,” she said. “I think most people do have an idea of an eclipse is. But, they may not understand why it’s such a big deal. Why is it so rare.”

Speck also said there’s misinformation the public needs to know about.

“There’s also a lot of misconceptions about when it’s safe to look at it, when it’s not, so also dealing with safety issues,” she said. “So my job is both teaching the science of why it happens, talking about what they’re going to get to see so that they understand just how amazing it’s going to be, and then making sure that people are safe.”

For example, Speck says you can take your solar eclipse glasses off during totality but not during the partial eclipse.

Speck said she’s been speaking with agencies and police, informing them on how to keep people safe.

Find complete coverage of this event at KOMU.com/eclipse

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - By the year 2022, Columbia aims to have 25 percent of its energy come from renewable resources. ... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1:57:00 PM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Law enforcement arrested a former employee at the state capitol on suspicion of sex crimes involving a... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 11:33:00 AM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say deputies have shot and killed a parole absconder who raised a handgun at them... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a driver fled from officers before causing a fatal crash in Springfield. Police... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:15:00 AM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old male early Wednesday morning at a home on Clark Lane.... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:51:00 AM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An examination of the barriers on the 5th and Walnut parking garage Wednesday showed safety barriers on the... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:00:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Darkroom Records hosted a fundraiser at Rose Music Hall for students to showcase their own music. This... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With allegations of "new potential criminal violations," and renewed calls for his resignation, Gov. Eric Greitens released... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - University of Missouri System administrators and a consulting firm founder went to the Capitol Tuesday to discuss... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:52:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – One Columbia family has become well-known through the years as they've shared their story about their daughter's battle... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:36:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A 91-year-old man jumped off the top of a parking garage and died from suicide in downtown Columbia... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:26:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People and businesses will now have until midnight on Wednesday to file and pay taxes. The Internal... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:26:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate Committee on Professional Registration held a public hearing for a bill designed to fund training... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:07:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A House bill would require able-bodied people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to seek work... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple groups with the city of Columbia hosted a public information meeting Tuesday to discuss short-term rentals, such... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:08:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
NEW YORK — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate committee heard public hearings Tuesday about a few bills related to expecting mothers and their... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:03:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city council approved a petition to downzone properties in the West-Ash neighborhood Monday night, marking the end... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, April 17 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:00:00 PM CDT April 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
12am 51°
1am 51°
2am 48°
3am 46°