KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Eclipse Science Eclipse Science en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 MU Honors College collecting eclipse glasses for donation https://www.komu.com/news/mu-honors-college-collecting-eclipse-glasses-for-donation/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-honors-college-collecting-eclipse-glasses-for-donation/ Eclipse Science Tue, 22 Aug 2017 2:29:17 PM Craig White, KOMU 8 Reporter MU Honors College collecting eclipse glasses for donation

COLUMBIA - A national organization doesn't want people to trash their special glasses from Monday's eclipse.

Astronomers Without Borders is accepting donations of gently used eclipse glasses for a new program to recycle them and MU is taking part.

MU Honors College director J.D. Bowers used social media to figure out what he could do to help people on campus dispose of their glasses, and he said there are around 1,000 donations already in the bin.

"We gave out hundreds here in the Honors College," Bowers said. "I sort of felt an obligation that those same glasses not appear in our trash cans, so that was a nice way to keep them from just being thrown out."

Astronomers Without Borders posted on Facebook saying the glasses will be sent to schools in Asia and South America for a solar eclipse passes over those continents in 2019. Parts of countries like Chile and Argentina will experience totality just like Columbia residents did.

Astronomers Without Borders founder and president Mike Simmons told Facebook followers the response to the donation program was "overwhelming."

"If you want to collect them from your friends, neighbors, school or anything else please do!" Simmons said. "Become an official AWB glasses collection center!"

The public is welcome to donate eclipse glasses at Lowry Hall 210 until Friday. For those who can't bring them in, Simmons said, donations will also be accepted through mail to Explore Scientific, 1010 S. 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762.

Astronomers Without Borders is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to sponsor and support astronomy and STEM programs in developing countries. It will formally announce its program for eclipse glasses donation at a later date and encourage the public to stay up-to-date through its newsletter or its Facebook page.

Those holding onto their glasses shouldn't expect another solar eclipse in Columbia until 2024, and a total eclipse in Missouri is still 488 years away.

Glasses that were safe for the 2017 eclipse should be fine for other, sooner, occurrences as long as they are not scratched or ripped.

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Elementary school students learn about solar eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/elementary-school-students-learn-about-solar-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/elementary-school-students-learn-about-solar-eclipse/ Eclipse Science Sun, 20 Aug 2017 2:38:41 PM Tess Vrbin, KOMU 8 Reporter Elementary school students learn about solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is coming on the fifth day of school, and Columbia teachers are trying to teach their students about it as best they can, particularly in elementary schools.

Columbia Public Schools provided its teachers with a wide variety of eclipse-themed activities and lessons for their classes. They cover almost every subject from math to social studies, but most are in science. District science coordinator Mike Szydlowski said it is usually hard to teach young students about something as abstract as outer space.

“One of the big things we’re pushing for is teaching science with phenomena,” Szydlowski said. “In other words, we shouldn’t just teach science for the sake of teaching science. We should teach it to explain something they actually get to see. And there’s no better phenomenon that I can think of when it comes to astronomy but a total solar eclipse.”

At Fairview Elementary School, Ragan Webb’s fourth-grade class has done hands-on activities such as “small moon, big sun,” she said. Each student held up a small object and tried to block their view of a globe with it. They had to stand all the way at the back of the classroom just to cover the entire globe with it. The goal of the activity was to model the size difference and the distance between the moon and sun.

Szydlowski said some students at some schools will use thermometers to track temperature changes throughout the day on Monday, and others will use small microphones to monitor the behavior of animals.

The eclipse fits into more than just the science curriculum. Some of the lesson plan options include art projects, reading articles about the eclipse and learning the history of what people used to believe about solar eclipses. Szydlowski said in past centuries, people were afraid of eclipses because they did not yet know the science behind them.

Both the eclipse and the interactive lesson plans have brought out enthusiasm in the students, Webb said.

“Whenever you can do something that makes the kids go, ‘Wow, why’d that happen?’, when you start kids asking questions about what they see, that is when real learning occurs,” she said.

Collin Wise and Ariana Willenberg, two of Webb’s fourth-graders, said they are excited about the eclipse and have learned a lot about it. Collin said it was interesting that the sun will still be shining when it’s dark and the stars will come out. Ariana said she learned that the moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle.

“If it were, every year we’d have an eclipse,” she said.

Szydlowski said some parents expressed concerns to the district that students might miss the eclipse. The district is requiring all students to be outside from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday to ensure everyone will experience the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

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Observers will watch animals as they anticipate the solar eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/observers-will-watch-animals-as-they-anticipate-the-solar-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/observers-will-watch-animals-as-they-anticipate-the-solar-eclipse/ Eclipse Science Thu, 17 Aug 2017 7:03:11 PM Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter Observers will watch animals as they anticipate the solar eclipse

KANSAS CITY - People will have their eyes on the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but they will also have their eyes on animals. 

Although not in the path of totality, the Kansas City Zoo will still have its own viewing experience. Sean Putney, Senior Director of Zoological Operations, said it will be interesting to see how animals react during the solar eclipse. 

“We have a little employee area where people can use their glasses that they get to look at the eclipse, but more of our animal staff will be looking at their animals and seeing how they react to the eclipse.”

A Planetarium Educator at the St. Louis Science Center said there will not be any dramatic changes in animal behavior. 

“Nature will respond in ways that are somewhat predictable,” Eric Gustafson said. “Cows might go to their barns. Chickens will go to their coop. You’ll hear different insects start to become active. You may see geese flying home to roost and do a U-turn as day comes back. But the animal that will be the strangest is of course the human beings.”

The St. Louis Science Center will host a SciFest the weekend before the eclipse called SciFest: Eclipsed. 

Gustafson said he is excited about seeing totality. 

"I’ve seen a number of solar eclipses," Gustafson said. "I have never seen a total solar eclipse. This could be the last chance for me to see one. So I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been talking about it here in star shows for about 16 years. For 2 minutes and 40 seconds of my life, I can’t wait.” 

And although the science center will not be doing any research with animals specifically on the day of the solar eclipse, scientists there will be watching the animals they have at the center. 

“We do have our Grow exhibit that has some chickens, and I believe they’re gonna put some cameras on them to see how they behave,” Gustafson said. 

Putney said he’s interested in seeing how orangutans react. 

“Orangutans in particular are very smart,” Putney said. “To me they’re the smartest of the great apes, and they have a thought process that really is not rivaled by any other animals other than humans as far as I can see. They can solve problems. They can really think and not just react.”

Putney said the zoo is not worried about animals getting startled because of the slow pace of the eclipse. 

“I don’t think any of the animals will be fearful of it. I think they’ll just react in a way that, 'Darkness is coming and what should I do to prepare for the darkness or a potential storm?'” Putney said. 

Animals don’t need special glasses during the solar eclipse. Putney said there’s nothing to worry about. 

“On a daily basis you don’t see too many animals staring at the sun to begin with, so I would doubt that that habit would change any for this day,” Putney said.

For more Show Me Eclipse coverage, visit komu.com/eclipse. 


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MU struggles to repeat 100-year-old eclipse experiment https://www.komu.com/news/mu-struggles-to-repeat-100-year-old-eclipse-experiment/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-struggles-to-repeat-100-year-old-eclipse-experiment/ Eclipse Science Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:02:51 AM Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Reporter MU struggles to repeat 100-year-old eclipse experiment

COLUMBIA - Around one hundred years ago a team of astronomers confirmed Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity using the solar eclipse.

Now, a group of University of Missouri scientists will use the upcoming eclipse to replicate the same experiment.

Astronomy professor Haojing Yan said the proximity of this eclipse gave him the idea.

“Back then, the people would have to travel long distances, this is what they called an expedition sort of, they needed to bring their instruments and they need to travel far distances to set up things there well in advance. Now we do not need to do that because we have this eclipse that is viewable right at home," he said.

Einstein’s theory says light will bend around a massive object due to gravity. Sir Isaac Newton's theory of gravity already established that light can bend, but Einstein predicted the correct amount of bending. Yan said it happens by a very small amount and only high-mass objects, like the sun, can produce a noticeable effect. 

Yan said this is what scientists now call "gravitational lensing," since it is a large object in the foreground that bends the light similar to how a foreground lens focuses light. 

To verify this theory, astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington used the 1919 solar eclipse.

Researchers needed to measure the position of the stars with and without the sun in front of them. The problem is stars are not visible when the sun is out, so the eclipse provided a unique opportunity.

“When the eclipse happens, the star’s light is blocked by the shadow, so it won’t be completely dark, but it will be dark enough so you will still be able to see those background stars, so this was exactly what they did,” Yan said.

Eddington’s experiment found the position of the stars altered in the way Einstein predicted, and thus confirmed General Relativity.

Since 1919, Yan said, he thinks two other groups attempted to replicate the experiment, with the latest taking place in 1970.

For Yan, he does not expect his experiment to make any breakthroughs but is doing it for his students and for fun. Although, Yan does hope he and his students may be able to publish a paper out of it if successful.

Even driven by fun and aided with updated technology, the mission is no easy feat. To complete the study, the group needs a telescope with a large field of view to see a good portion of the sky. To accurately measure the positions of the stars, the telescope also needs a high resolution. Unfortunately, high resolution and a large field of view contradict each other.

“In order to do the right thing we have to find a compromise,” Yan explained. “In my case, this kind of comprise is almost impossible.”

Yan and his team spent the last year using the Law Observatory telescope to conduct tests and they discovered it is not functioning well. The telescope is used primarily for education and public use and Yan said it is lacking necessary maintenance.  

“This is to my total disappointment and so my only hope now is that we can maybe use a different telescope," Yan said. 

MU Physics and Astronomy professor, Linda Godwin is attempting to salvage a 10-inch telescope but the group still has to see if it will fit the requirements of this unique experiment.

“The lesson learned here is you might think after 100 years you might be able to achieve Sir Eddington’s goal much easier, but it still requires a lot of planning, a lot of work,” Yan said.

Despite the setbacks, Yan is not giving up yet and even if the equipment fails to cooperate he says as long as he can still just see the eclipse, it will be a good thing.

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Can't find eclipse glasses? There are other options https://www.komu.com/news/can-t-find-eclipse-glasses-there-are-other-options/ https://www.komu.com/news/can-t-find-eclipse-glasses-there-are-other-options/ Eclipse Science Tue, 15 Aug 2017 7:06:52 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Can't find eclipse glasses? There are other options

COLUMBIA - Now that we are less than a week from the total solar eclipse, many are having problems finding approved solar eclipse glasses - a necessity for looking at the partially eclipsed sun safely. However, there are a couple other options if you don't have solar filters on August 21. 


Share with a friend! From beginning to end this event will last 2 to 3 hours. Chances are, people won't be looking at the sun the entire time. Go to an event, meet a few new friends (maybe from other parts of the world, even!) and enjoy this human experience together.


Make a simple pin hole projector. This could be fun even if you have the glasses!

What you need: cereal box (or similar), paper, foil, tape, scissors

Step 1: Trace the bottom of the box onto a piece of paper. Cut it out and tape it to the inside bottom of the box.

Step 2: On the top of the box, cut a square out of the left and right side near the corners.

Step 3: Tape a piece of aluminum foil over one of the square cut outs. Poke a pin hole in the center.

Step 4: With the Sun at your back, look through the remaining open square hole and you will see the Sun projecting onto the piece of paper at the bottom of the box.

Watch the moon eclipse the sun!

All of your eclipse answers can be found in our eclipse Deep Dive. Read our entire library of Show Me Eclipse coverage on our special coverage page.

KOMU 8 will be with you LIVE tracking the eclipse, traffic, clouds, and talking with eclipse viewers from around the world starting at Noon on Monday, August 21. 

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Show Me Eclipse IQ https://www.komu.com/news/show-me-eclipse-iq/ https://www.komu.com/news/show-me-eclipse-iq/ Eclipse Science Tue, 1 Aug 2017 9:33:22 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Show Me Eclipse IQ

Test your eclipse knowledge every evening with Show Me Eclipse IQ on KOMU 8 News at Ten, August 1-20, 2017 sponsored by Central Bank of Boone County. 

August 1: The sun is 100 times bigger than Earth. Earth is ___ times bigger than the Moon.
ANSWER: 4! Even though the Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, it is also 400 times farther away from Earth than the Moon. That means the Sun and the Moon appear the same size to us here on Earth. That incredible coincidence is why we have total solar eclipses! 
August 2: True or False? During a total solar eclipse, bright stars and planets can be seen during the daytime.
ANSWER: TRUE. In fact, constellations that are usually only seen during winter nights will be seen during a summer afternoon!
August 3: What is the halo of plasma that surrounds the Sun during totality called?
ANSWER: Solar Corona. You see the faint corona during the eclipse. The Sun's light is too bright to see the corona, so it can only be seen during an eclipse.
August 4: How often do total solar eclipses happen worldwide?
ANSWER: 18 months on average.
August 5: What is the name of the shadow in which the Moon blocks the entire Sun?
ANSWER: Umbral.
August 6: What type of eclipse do you see under a penumbral shadow?
ANSWER: Partial eclipse. In fact, the entire continent of North America will see a partial eclipse!
August 7: How long does a total solar eclipse event last?
ANSWER: From the beginning of the partial eclipse, through ~2.5 minutes of totality, and the end of the partial eclipse it will take two-and-a-half to three hours. You can see timing for your location HERE.
August 8: Will AM, FM, or HAM radio waves be affected by the eclipse?
ANSWER: AM & HAM. During a total solar eclipse you may be able to access radio signals from hundreds of miles away. One report from the 1970 eclipse suggests a person in North Carolina was able to hear WABC from New York during 96% totality over NYC. 
August 9: What percent of the Earth’s surface typically sees a given total solar eclipse?
ANSWER: 0.3%. Out of the 197-million square surface area miles on Earth, only 591,000 square miles will be in totality. 
August 10: On average, a total eclipse is visible from any one given spot on Earth about once every ____ years.
ANSWER: 375. That’s why it’s once in a lifetime—or multiple!
August 11: During an eclipse, will flowers burn, die, or close?
ANSWER: Close up. Plants that usually close during nighttime may close during totality. Animals may also react as if it is nighttime. 
August 12: True or False? The total solar eclipse will affect mid-Missouri weather.
ANSWER: True. As the Sun is half-covered by the moon you will start to feel the temperature drop. It may drop more than a dozen degrees through totality!
August 13: As totality ends, what is the brilliant burst of sunlight that appears along the edge of the Sun called?
ANSWER: Diamonds Ring Effect. The corona and the sunburst look like a celestial engagement ring.
August 14: In ancient times, in China, what would they do during an eclipse?
ANSWER: They shot flaming arrows at the Sun in an attempt light it back on fire.
August 15: True or False? Total solar eclipses have stopped wars.
ANSWER: In Turkey, 585 BC, Lydians and Medes made peace, thinking the eclipse was a sign to lay down their weapons and make peace.
August 16:  When was the last total solar eclipse in the lower 48?
ANSWER: 1979. Totality only passed through a small area in the western U.S. on Monday, February 26. Many in America saw a partial solar eclipse.
August 17: True or false? A total solar eclipse inadvertently divided Europe into FRA, GER, ITA.
ANSWER: True. Emperor Louis of Bavaria witnessed a total solar eclipse on May 5, 840. He was so terrified by the event he died shortly thereafter. A quarrel between his three sons over Louis’ succession led to the Treaty of Verdun, dividing Europe into France, Germany, and Italy.
August 18: In 90 minutes, how many states will totality cross?
ANSWER: 12. From Oregon to South Carolina.
August 19: On average, what is the speed of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the U.S.? 
ANSWER: Around 1,500 mph! Three times faster than a Supersonic jet plane.
August 20: What are intense eclipse fans known as?
ANSWER: Umbraphiles. Remember, the name of the totality shadow is Umbra. 

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Eye safety a big concern during the solar eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/eye-safety-a-big-concern-during-the-solar-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/eye-safety-a-big-concern-during-the-solar-eclipse/ Eclipse Science Tue, 25 Jul 2017 7:13:29 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Eye safety a big concern during the solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - The views you will experience during the total solar eclipse might take your breath away, but in order to see the solar corona safely you must have proper eye protection. If you don’t wear approved solar eyewear, Dr. Frederick Fraunfelder, the Director of Ophthalmology at MU Health, said you could do serious damage to your eyes.

“The sun burns the very important layer of the retina called the macula," explained Fraunfelder. "Damaging the cones in your macula can permanently damage your vision by burning them with direct light from the sun."

Fraunfelder says eclipse glasses have a solar film that will block out many light waves regular sunglasses will not. “They will block out UVA, UVB, infrared light, and also intense visual light."

It’s important to block this light out so you can safely look directly into the sun for the partial eclipse before and after totality.

During totality, when the sun’s light is completely blocked out for up to 2:40 in mid-Missouri, you will need to take the glasses off in order to see the spectacle that is night during the day. You will see stars, a few planets and the solar corona, the sun's atmosphere. Read our Deep Dive into the eclipse for the answers to common questions about this event.

However, be sure you don’t take the glasses off too soon. If you do, you may miss out on totality altogether. Your eyes might not be able to adjust to the darkness if you catch a glimpse of the sun’s light prior to totality.

“We call that an after image,” says Fraunfelder, “and that is neural signals to your brain still firing after the lights already stimulated the rods and the cones and after images is a good way to explain you sorta see purple or red after you've stared into a bright light."

Be sure your glasses are approved and safe! NASA released a statement saying glasses are being passed around that do not meet adequate safety guidelines. Glasses must have "ISO 12312-2" printed on them. Only four companies have been approved as manufacturing safe solar eclipse glasses: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. Check your glasses to be sure you're protected.

Using a magnifying system such as binoculars? You must have a solar filter on the front of the binoculars or telescope. If you look through non-filtered magnification of the Sun's light through solar glasses positioned over your eyes there will be considerable damage to your eyes. Again, the sun's light and energy is being magnified and solar glasses are not made to withstand that.

You can read more about safe solar eclipse viewing on NASA’s website.

Pick up your free KOMU 8 Show Me Eclipse glasses at Dollar General Stores in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton and Mexico while supplies last. The Mizzou Store is also selling eclipse glasses for $1.50 with some proceeds going back to the Astronomy Department.

If you’re wondering what the night sky may look like in the early afternoon on August 21st during totality, you can see the image above.

You can read all our Show Me Eclipse coverage, continuously updating with new content, at KOMU.com/eclipse.

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Total solar eclipse provides new way to study sun https://www.komu.com/news/total-solar-eclipse-provides-new-way-to-study-sun/ https://www.komu.com/news/total-solar-eclipse-provides-new-way-to-study-sun/ Eclipse Science Tue, 18 Jul 2017 3:03:20 PM Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter & Kenton Gewecke, Chief Meteorologist Total solar eclipse provides new way to study sun
Note: Above you will find the story that aired as well as full interviews with Linda Godwin and Alex Young. Godwin's interview contains images and video provided by NASA.

COLUMBIA - An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object moves into the shadow of another. But, for scientists, this is an astronomical event that will open doors to research that’s never been done before.

Parts of twelve states in the US will be able to see totality during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Totality is expected to last no longer than 2 minutes and 40 seconds depending on where you are on Earth. This marks the longest scientists have ever been able to study the sun's corona. 

NASA Scientist Alex Young has been studying the sun’s atmosphere his entire career.

The sun's corona can been seen during a total solar eclipse. The corona is hundreds of times hotter than the sun’s surface, according to NASA. But the reason behind the corona’s heat is still unknown to scientists. 

“So we know why the corona is hot,” Young said. “We know it’s because there’s lots of magnetic energy that’s being released in the corona that’s heating it up. But the question is exactly how — that’s the part we don’t completely understand.”

Young said there’s observational evidence of nanoflares — explosions bigger than a nuclear bomb — on the sun. He said there’s so many of them going off that they are putting energy into the corona and heating it up. He said they know magnetic energy is being released in the form of heat in the corona. However, he said the details is what they’re trying to figure out. 

“And so if we can understand the different parts of it, basically understanding the bigger picture, that’s ultimately going to tell us all the physics of what’s happening all over the sun.”

Young said researchers will be able to study the corona in a way like never before with new technologies that will allow scientists to learn about the sun in a whole new way.

“This is huge,” Young said. “This is huge again because it’s covering such a large area of land and it’s going for so long. We’re having an opportunity to not only study the corona for such a long period of time, which is something we’ve never been able to do before, we’re gonna have so many scientists that are here — not just from the US but from around the world — that are coming to the US to take observations.” 

Young said there’s going to be so much data that they are expecting but also data that they are not expecting. 

“Technologies and living organisms are going to be part of this grand data set and we’re going to see this eclipse in a way that no one has ever seen before and with detail and with views that no one has ever had,” Young said. 

Former NASA Astronaut Linda Godwin grew up in Jackson, Missouri. She received her undergrad from Southeast Missouri State and set her sights on NASA after receiving her doctorate in physics from MU in 1980. 

Godwin applied to NASA to become an astronaut. Although she was not selected to be a NASA astronaut at first, NASA offered here a job and she moved to Houston, Texas to work at the Johnson Space Center. 

She was selected to be a NASA astronaut in a later selection process. Godwin served as a flight controller and payloads officer in Mission Control for several shuttle flights prior to being selected as an astronaut candidate. Godwin said it took 11 years to get to her first mission.

“I flew in 91. That was my first flight,” Godwin said. 

Godwin has been on four shuttle missions as a mission specialist and as payload commander. She said she had a lot of confidence in the suit. 

“Viewing the Earth was just awesome and it was kinda cool to be outside and be in my own suit,” Godwin. 

Godwin retired from NASA in 2010. Godwin teaches in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MU. 

Although she teaches astronomy, Godwin said she’s not doing anything scientific with the eclipse.  

“The people that are gonna gather the data for this, I hope they have a way to stand back and just experience it,” Godwin said. “So that’s kind of what I want to do is just experience it.” 

For complete coverage visit our Show Me Eclipse webpage at komu.com/eclipse.

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Leading eclipse expert found her own path in the stars https://www.komu.com/news/leading-eclipse-expert-found-her-own-path-in-the-stars/ https://www.komu.com/news/leading-eclipse-expert-found-her-own-path-in-the-stars/ Eclipse Science Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:46:09 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter Leading eclipse expert found her own path in the stars

COLUMBIA - Angela Speck is obsessed with the coming total solar eclipse. She co-chairs the national task force on the event and spends her days planning and promoting what's to come. (See our Facebook Live interview with Speck below.)

Since she was a child in Bradford, England, space has called to her and the sky has demanded her attention. She would often walk around her childhood home at night and just look up at the stars.

It was the era of the Apollo space missions.

“We were learning a lot,” Speck said. “There were things on the news, and there were all sorts of angles on being able to get into space.”

Starting at age 5, she wanted to be an astronaut. But, as she grew up, she changed her mind: sound engineer, architect, actress. They all seemed appealing.

“With the exception of actress, all of those involved physics, so it never really caused any problems for me,” Speck said.

Education was always a priority in the Speck household. While her parents struggled financially, they always made sure there was money to fully support their children’s education.

“So we might not have had the same toys and things as everybody else, but we always had books and were able to do educational trips,” Speck said.

She believes her parents’ support of academia played a large role in where she is today.

“I don't think I appreciated it at the time, I don't think I realized how important it was and I don't think I realized what sacrifices they made to make it so they could afford for us to do things,” Speck said.

In addition to making sure she did well in school, Speck's parents wanted her to be a student of the world.

“Social justice has always been a part of my life,” Speck said. “My parents named me after Angela Davis.”

She was never sheltered from what was going on in the world, good or bad.

Her first trip abroad was to Paris, when she was eight years old. As her family was wandering around Moulin Rouge, she saw a woman and told her father how pretty the woman looked, and that was when her father explained prostitution to her.

“When I ask a question, I get an answer, I wouldn't get fobbed off,” Speck said.

She also frequently went to demonstrations with her family, beginning her fight for social justice, a battle that she still carries on today.

“Going to those things, you learn a lot, because it's not just your parents you’re interacting with, you're interacting with a whole lot of people,” Speck said.

In her teenage years, Speck began taking advanced courses to prepare herself for college.

In 1989, she left Bradford with eyes on a university in London, 200 miles away, which was far by British standards.

“From Bradford, you can only really go about 300 miles and then you fall off the island,” Speck said.

Speck’s first college astronomy class was a junior-level course. She now teaches the same material at MU, but students must have two semesters of prerequisite courses to even get in.

Speck graduated in 1992 with a degree in astrophysics and went to work in research and development for a small company that produced air cleaners, ionizers and other things with fans and filters

“There aren't many jobs you can do with a physics degree that don’t require a higher degree,” Speck said. “This was one where they wanted a physics degree, but they were also interested in some creativity.”

Speck returned to University College London to get her doctorate in astrophysics. One of her favorite experiences was a field observation trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. She was 14,000 feet off the ground, staring through a world class telescope at the sky, with a volcano exploding below her.

“It’s the best sky I had ever seen,” Speck said.

It was during graduate school Speck met her "other half," Alan Whittington, a fellow scientist who now chairs the geology department at MU.

The two moved to the United States in 1999 in search of clear skies and permanent jobs.

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois was their first home as they became Fighting Illini doing post-doc research at the University of Illinois.

“I was living in central London, my husband was living in central Paris and we both moved to central Illinois and it was a culture shock, in a big way,” Speck said.

When it came time to find a permanent job, Speck demanded one thing. 'I don't want to stay in the midwest, I don't want to be here anymore,' she told herself.

She changed her mind when she and her husband were both offered positions at the University of Missouri.

"We got the best combined deal," she said.

Speck said she initially had reservations about Columbia but has come to realize it is "really nice.'

"I'm not at all sad to be here," she said.

Speck said she and her family can always find things to do.

"There is lots going on. It's arty. There's quirkiness. It's not just a boring little town," she said.

A lot has changed since she and her husband arrived, including their family.

The couple have had two boys, Xander, 13, and Hamish, 10.

“Both boys, both obnoxious. They're both pretty smart,” Speck said.

Speck and Whittington mirror a lot of the same methods Speck’s parents used while raising her. They are not afraid of being honest with their children, as long as they know the answer to the boys' questions.

One morning, when her children were much younger, they were listening to NPR in the car, and one asked her what a suicide bomber was. She could not answer the question.

“I get what it is and what they do, but I don't understand why,” Speck said.

Speck said she thinks many parents might not want their children to hear such things, but she believes having an open conversation s necessary.

“There are spaces where it is uncomfortable, but you don't grow unless you step outside of your comfort zone and that is true for everybody, whether you are an adult or a child,” Speck said.

She and her husband also have taken their children to demonstrations on campus to let them experience that for themselves.

“They understand that this is part of life, I think that exposure to that is really important,” Speck said.

Speck and her family are also drawn to Columbia's art community. Every year they go to Art in the Park and buy at least one piece.

Displayed on one of the shelves of Speck's book shelf are a two blown glass art pieces. One the couple got as a wedding present and the other they got from Art in the Park.

Speck said the way light interacts with glass is "really interesting."

"My husband studies glass. Glassware is always going to be popular in this house,” she said.

Speck sits in front of two of her favorite glass pieces as she says it.

“These are the project that the fourth graders do every year, the stained glass window,” Speck said. “Both of the ones behind me, Xander worked on.”

Light shines through the glass panes and colors the room.

“Color is just everything, I love color,” Speck said.

It's one of the things she thinks about when she looks at the sky.

“I am really interested in how we use color as a way to figure out what is going on.”

When Speck first got to MU there was barely anything resembling an astronomy department, not even an upper level astronomy program.

“I developed the astronomy program, it now exists. I have to make sure we have courses offered and people to teach them.” Speck said.

Despite being known for her knowledge about the upcoming solar eclipse, her research is not related.

“It’s actually more of a hiatus in my research,” Speck said.

Her academic focus is the dust that forms around stars.

“Knowing what the dust is allows you to understand a whole lot more and it allows you understand how planets form and how life forms,” Speck said.

She wants to understand what the stardust is, what it is made of, what its crystal structure is and what impurities it has.

“I’m Interested in all of that and trying to understand what impact that dust has on its environment and what roles determine what forms, and we should be able to then infer what happened back in time.”

Outside of her actual research and job, Speck is active in the university community.

She played a large role in the protests on campus as the Faculty Council Chair of Diversity and Enhancement Committee

“I was doing a lot of work on supporting minority students on campus,” she said.

Speck said her work with the eclipse relates back to her love for social justice.

“The eclipse has turned out to be this thing that fits between my love of science, my love of teaching and outreach to the public and my social justice work,” Speck said.

With the eclipse being seen, at least partially, by the entire nation, Speck sees it as a very leveling event, very inclusive.

“There is an opportunity to engage in inner cities, in poor rural communities, in all sorts of places," she said.

As the co-chair of the American Astronomical Society’s national task force she wants people to be exposed to science, much like she was growing up in the age of the space race.

"We want to inspire some kids the way that Apollo inspired my generation,” Speck said

Speck says she wants to show students that science is an "awesome" and "viable" career. But there is something there as well for those who don't want to make it a job.

“We also want to make fans. We don't need everyone to be a scientist, but we do need the majority of people to understand science and to care about science,” Speck said.

Speck said she'd like to see people get into science as much as sports. She said likes to watch and understands football, but will never play it.

"I care about the players, I care about what's going on. But, I'm never going to play it and that’s kind of the sort of fandom that science needs, “ Speck said. “We need to have a situation where people may not be doing science but, they have an appreciation for it.”

She sees the eclipse as a way to draw more people into science.

Ironically, Speck has never seen a total eclipse before herself. She had moved to Illinois by the time one crossed Britain in 1999.

Speck will be busy during the eclipse here, but doesn't plan to miss the moment of totality.

“I just want to take everything in. All of it,” Speck said. “And I don’t want anyone to bother me in those three minutes.”

Once it's over, Speck may turn her attention to writing a book, but that won't be her first priority.

“Ya, I’m going to sleep a lot in the fall,” she said.

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Before the science: Eclipses in myth and legend https://www.komu.com/news/before-the-science-eclipses-in-myth-and-legend/ https://www.komu.com/news/before-the-science-eclipses-in-myth-and-legend/ Eclipse Science Mon, 3 Jul 2017 3:08:38 PM Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 Reporter Before the science: Eclipses in myth and legend

COLUMBIA -The total solar eclipse, which will cross Missouri on Aug. 21, is drawing a lot of attention to the science of astronomy. But ancient civilizations did not have the benefit of scientific knowledge and created a wide variety of myths and legends to explain eclipses. (See our interactive timeline.)

"The beauty of an eclipse was not always appreciated by those who saw in it a threat to the order of their everyday lives," wrote Edwin Charles Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, in his book "Beyond the Blue Horizon." "Imagine what ancient people must have felt when they saw the sun darken without warning." 

MU's director of astronomy, Angela Speck, shares the same view.

“It would get dark in seconds and that must be terrifying,” she said.

Eclipses had a greater religious and cultural significance to ancient civilizations than they do today. They were explained with stories about gods fighting, the coming of the apocalypse or creatures attacking the sun or the moon.

“It’s always some kind of beasties that swallows the sun,” Speck said.

Even with advanced technology and an understanding of eclipses, people decide to believe in unfounded superstitions, Speck said.

There is a popular misconception in Mexico and in North American that eclipses are harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children.

In some parts of India, some believe any food cooked while an eclipse is taking place will be poisonous. 

But not all modern superstitions are based on fear. In Italy, it is believed that flowers planted during a solar eclipse are brighter and more colorful than flowers planted any other time of the year.

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See what the Show Me Eclipse will look like from your backyard https://www.komu.com/news/see-what-the-show-me-eclipse-will-look-like-from-your-backyard/ https://www.komu.com/news/see-what-the-show-me-eclipse-will-look-like-from-your-backyard/ Eclipse Science Sun, 25 Jun 2017 8:37:38 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist See what the Show Me Eclipse will look like from your backyard

COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017 will be a sight everyone needs to see to believe. It is best to go into the event knowing what to look for so you can enjoy it instead of wondering what you're seeing. There's so much to know! KOMU 8 has you covered all summer with our series: Show Me Eclipse. Tune in every Wednesday on KOMU 8 News at Six for a new story and check our special web page komu.com/eclipse for new updates throughout the summer.

To learn the answers to many of your eclipse questions, read our Deep Dive into the facts and science behind this event.

See exact timing for your eclipse viewing location with NASA's interactive map.

Below you will find an interactive portal to the eclipse. Move around, change the time, see it from different locations, view it from outer space. Enjoy! Bookmark this page to easily come back.

If you click on the 3 dots in the bottom right hand corner you can change your view.


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Eclipse Deep Dive - Complete Answers https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-deep-dive-complete-answers/ https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-deep-dive-complete-answers/ Eclipse Science Mon, 29 May 2017 9:48:39 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Eclipse Deep Dive - Complete Answers

COLUMBIA - Have you heard the news? A total solar eclipse is heading to mid-Missouri! Join KOMU 8 as we dissect every angle of this rare phenomenon. Read up and prepare here and then watch the eclipse for yourself. We'll be LIVE with prep, reaction, traffic and more on August 21st starting at Noon. 

KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke has compiled a list of fun facts and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the total solar eclipse.

You can watch the KOMU 8 Show Me Eclipse Special at the top of this story for visual explanations. 

Our Show Me Eclipse homepage can be found at KOMU.com/Eclipse for continuously updated stories about planning, impacts, events and science - plus the weather forecast. 

What day? Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Where? Coast-to-Coast, Northwest to Southeast, across the United States of America

What time? We have mid-Missouri timing for you: CLICK HERE

You can also see what it will look like from your backyard HERE.

How rare is it really?

This is the first time a total solar eclipse has been over the state of Missouri since Aug. 7, 1869 (148 years), when one clipped the northeastern corner of the state. This is the first time over mid-Missouri since July 7, 1442 (575 years!!) although what is now Jefferson City was a few miles south of seeing totality that year. Remember, Missouri didn't become a state until 1821.

Although it is safe to say this is a once in a lifetime event, in a very rare occurrence, the next total solar eclipse over the United States will also hit Missouri, this time the southeastern corner, through Cape Girardeau. That happens on April 8, 2024 – less than seven years away.

For the many reasons you will come to learn, it is still very important to see it now while it is traveling over your mid-Missouri hometown. Having to travel to see a total solar eclipse can be difficult. No other total solar eclipse will move through Missouri in the 21st century. The next total solar eclipses to move over mid-Missouri will be on June 3, 2505 (488 years away), July 22, 2772 (755 years away!), and Sept 17, 2992 (975 years away!!). Should we be calling this a once-in-multiple-lifetimes event?

But what is it exactly?

Those of us in the “path of totality” will be cast into an extraordinary shadow. Day will become night. Temperatures will drop drastically. Animals will think it’s nighttime. Birds will return to their nests. Flower buds will close. We will see stars and planets in the sky. Not to mention, the best sight of all, the Solar Corona. The Sun's light is so bright it blinds us from seeing its corona day-to-day, so it can only be observed during a total eclipse when the moon blocks out the Sun’s light and all we’re able to see is the Sun’s atmosphere, consisting of 2-million-degree plasma. Pictures don’t do it justice.

What will I see?

The night's sky! Planets, bright stars, constellations you would usually only see on a winter's night and a few great Sun effects.

Solar Corona: The Sun's atmosphere will be glowing around the eclipsed Sun during totality. 

Diamond Ring Effect: A bright spot of the Sun's light will be the last thing before totality and the first thing after totality.

Bailey's Beads: The Sun's light will shine through the mountains, valleys and craters of the moon creating a pearl necklace-like light around the moon just before and after totality.

You can see a picture of these at the top of this story!

What if it is cloudy?

The sky will still turn to night. Temperatures will still drop, though slower than if it were clearer. Certain animals and plants will still react.

Check the mid-Missouri eclipse forecast in detail HERE.

Why is this even possible?

Because science (and math) is so cool, my friends. Get this: the Sun is 100 times bigger than Earth. Earth is 4 times bigger than the moon. Therefore, the Sun is 400 times bigger than the moon, plus it is also 400 times farther away from the Earth than the moon. That means the Sun and the moon appear to be the same size to us from the Earth’s surface. Therefore, when the moon is in the right spot, it covers the Sun totally. It is because of this incredible coincidence we get to experience total solar eclipses! I told you: science is cool.

How wide and fast is the path of totality?

It is different for each eclipse, but this year’s total solar eclipse will have a path about 70 miles wide. This shadow, called an umbral shadow, will be moving nearly 1,500 mph as it passes over mid-Missouri. Everyone outside of this path will only see a partial eclipse. In fact, all fifty U.S. states will see a partial solar eclipse as well as everyone in Canada and Mexico!

Will 99% totality be good enough?

It must be noted that the difference between seeing 99% totality and 100% totality is comparable to eating your favorite food once a year vs. eating your favorite food as often as you please (without any health detriments if applicable). Or, winning Mega Millions Lottery vs. winning a free Lottery Scratch ticket. Be in the path of totality!

Will traffic be an issue?

Be prepared for a lot more vehicles on the roads Saturday-Monday. 

The last total solar eclipse over mid-Missouri was in 1442, nearly 380 years before Missouri would become a state. The last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse across America was 99 years ago. It’s safe to say back then technology was NOT what it is today. That being said, this eclipse will be the most widely observed and shared celestial event in U.S. history.

THINK ABOUT THIS: 12.2 million Americans live within the path of totality. More impressive yet, 80 percent of the nation lives within a day’s drive of totality, that’s around 264 million people – and that does NOT include international visitors. Missouri officials are planning on one million visitors (compressed into a 70-mile wide path).

Experts urge people to arrive within the path of totality a day or two in advance. But think about this - what if it's cloudy in St. Joseph, Missouri? Thousands will try to move Northwest or Southeast towards us. And while people will begin arriving in the path of totality sporadically the weekend before Monday August, 21st - they're all going to try and leave around the same time. 

Can I watch the eclipse with my regular sunglasses?

NO! You must have special glasses in order to safely and effectively view the eclipse. As we know, while wearing your normal sunglasses day-to-day you shouldn’t be looking directly into the Sun; that same fact is true for an eclipse.

The only thing that makes this event a potential safety hazard is if you look at the Sun at any point outside of totality. Looking at the Sun's direct light will damage your eyes without proper protection. 

This event will start and end with a partial solar eclipse, sandwiching the total solar eclipse. During the partial solar eclipse the Sun’s light will still be blindingly bright. However, during totality it is safe to take off your glasses and see the starry night sky and the Sun’s corona. In fact, if you don't take your glasses off you won't see anything at all! The moment totality starts to fade and the Sun’s light begins flooding back in you'll need to return to your special glasses if you want to watch the now-renewed partial solar eclipse.

If you wear prescription glasses simply place the solar eclipse glasses/filter in front of your prescription glasses. 

Read our full story to make sure you have approved glasses - or you might be injured.

Where can I get these special glasses and are they expensive?

They are very cheap. In fact, they are made with cardboard. Though they may seem too cheap to be safe or effective, their special film is vital to keeping your eyes safe.

If you are unable to find approved solar eclipse glasses you have other options. Learn more HERE. Plus, it might be fun for the kids, too!

Will my phone be damaged?

Your phone should be fine. Have you ever been outside and left your phone laying in the Sun next to you? It was fine then and it will be fine now. Other cameras and video devices, however, may need special filters. And be sure to never look through a magnification device without a solar filter in front of the device, not behind it where your eyes are. The light needs to be filtered before it enters the device.

Communication may be hindered due to the oversaturation of phone lines. You can read about how companies are trying to help with that HERE.

If you want to take pictures or video on other recording devices you can read up on safety info HERE.

What are the different types of solar eclipses?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Sun is totally covered by the moon. All you are able to see is a starry night’s sky and the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere. (See “But what is it exactly?” for more on the effects this eclipse entails.)

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Sun is only partially covered by the moon. It will still look cool, but it is nothing compared to being in totality.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away from the Earth to actually cover the whole Sun (it appears smaller than the Sun). This leaves a ring of the Sun’s light around the moon. This light is too bright for any effects of a total solar eclipse to appear.

Conclusion: while all of these would be worth a look, none can compare to the experience of a total solar eclipse.

How long is the event?

It will last for different amounts of time depending on where you live. There are two parts to the event: the partial solar eclipse and the total solar eclipse. To use Cosmo Park in Columbia, Missouri, as an example:

Partial Eclipse Begins: 11:45:36 AM

Total Eclipse Begins: 1:12:17 PM

Total Eclipse Ends: 1:14:53 PM

Partial Eclipse End: 2:40:09 PM

As you can see, the entire event lasts nearly three hours. However, the star of the show, totality, lasts for only a couple of minutes (if you are lucky). The times will be different depending on where you are along the path. You can see a list of mid-Missouri city and town times HERE.

What can I expect to happen in my environment?

Day will be slowly turning into night. The temperature will begin to drop when the Sun is half covered. Some temperatures may drop more than 10 degrees during totality! Remember, night will be rapidly forced upon the area - when you shut off the Sun's heat, temperatures must go down (assuming there is a lack of dense cloud cover). Animals and plants will act as if it is night: birds will return to their nests, flowers may close, etc. Street lights will turn on (and remember your car lights if you happen to be on the road [though you should do your best to be off the roads during totality for safety]). You will be able to see stars and a few bright planets. In fact, constellations you would usually see during a winter night will be visible on a summer afternoon! Winds may pick up as pressure changes slightly during to the temperatures changes. All of this for a couple minutes in the middle of an August day! Is anyone else excited or is it just me?

Will my pets be okay? 

Animals know not to look at the Sun - that won't change on the day of the eclipse. Their eyes will be okay. Remember, the only reason it's a safety concern for humans is because many people will look at the Sun during the partial eclipse and without proper protection it will damage our eyes.

However, animals may become scared or anxious due to the shadows and the event in general, so it may be a smart idea to have them on a leash if outdoors.

How will animals react? 

Many will act as if it is nighttime and begin their evening activities and preparations. Birds, bats, frogs and others have been documented as acting as if it is dusk, nighttime, and dawn around totality. This can be very interesting to watch - so be on the lookout! Your pets may even act as if it is nighttime.

What can scientists learn from a total solar eclipse?

Scientists can learn more about the Sun's Corona, or atmosphere. What we see as the yellow surface of the sun is called the photosphere and has a temperature of 10,000 degrees F. The corona is the thin outer gaseous solar atmosphere far above the sun's surface and it can reach 3 million degrees F! How is this possible? Normally the further out from a source of heat the cooler the gas becomes? This is still unresolved by scientists! When the Sun's light is covered we are allowed to see and better study the corona. Hear from a NASA solar scientist and a former mid-Missouri Astronaut HERE.


What special events can I go to throughout the weekend and day-of?

Special events are being held throughout mid-Missouri and there are more details on our Show Me Eclipse page.

What will the weather be like?

The forecast will be continuously updated on our dedicated eclipse forecast page.


MoDOT has a few safety tips below:


Watch the science behind the total solar eclipse in a 3D visual:


We sat down LIVE with the foremost eclipse expert to answer your questions!

Have a question not answered here?

Send it to KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke.

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Timing eclipse totality across mid-Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/timing-eclipse-totality-across-mid-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/timing-eclipse-totality-across-mid-missouri/ Eclipse Science Mon, 29 May 2017 10:01:38 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist & Megan James, First Alert Weather Timing eclipse totality across mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA - The times below are for towns in the state of Missouri experiencing totality during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. All times are approximate and in Central Standard Time. (Read our Deep Dive into the eclipse for answers to all your questions.)


        TOWN          Start PARTIAL     Start TOTALITY     End TOTALITY      End PARTIAL   
Marshall11:43:56 a.m.1:10:24 p.m.1:13:03 p.m.2:38:27 p.m.
Sumner11:43:44 a.m.1:10:24 p.m.1:11:51 p.m.2:37:34 p.m.
Brunswick11:44:00 a.m.1:10:26 p.m.1:12:43 p.m.2:38:07 p.m.
Houstonia11:43:41 a.m.1:10:31 p.m.1:12:41 p.m.2:38:31 p.m.
Slater11:44:11 a.m.1:10:36 pm.1:13:13 p.m.2:38:33 p.m.
Mendon11:43:57 a.m.1:10:37 p.m.1:12:13 p.m.2:37:52 p.m.
Hughesville11:43:50 a.m.1:10:46 p.m.1:12:49 p.m.2:38:43 p.m.
Arrow Rock11:44:27 a.m.1:10:58 p.m.1:13:37 p.m.2:38:59 p.m.
Glasgow11:44:36 a.m.1:11:06 p.m.1:13:35 p.m.2:38:55 p.m.
Pilot Grove11:44:34 a.m.1:11:18 p.m.1:13:49 p.m.2:39:20 p.m.
Sedalia11:44:00 a.m.1:11:20 p.m.1:12:48 p.m.2:39:02 p.m.
     Salisbury         11:44:38 a.m.        1:11:20 p.m.         1:13:10 p.m.        2:38:41 p.m.  
New Franklin11:44:52 a.m.1:11:27 p.m.1:14:06 p.m.2:39:26 p.m.
Boonville11:44:52 a.m.1:11:29 p.m.1:14:08 p.m.2:39:30 p.m.
Fayette11:44:56 a.m.1:11:30 p.m.1:14:01 p.m.2:39:20 p.m.
Bunceton11:44:49 a.m.1:11:39 p.m.1:14:40 p.m.2:39:40 p.m.
Higbee11:45:14 a.m.1:12:00 p.m.1:13:54 p.m.2:39:23 p.m.
Tipton11:44:53 a.m.1:12:01 p.m.1:14:05 p.m.2:30:54 p.m.
Harrisburg11:45:23 a.m.1:12:02 p.m.1:14:25 p.m.2:39:44 p.m.
McBaine11:45:29 a.m.1:12:11 p.m.1:14:50 p.m.2:40:09 p.m.
Columbia (Cosmo)11:45:36 a.m.1:12:17 p.m.1:14:53 p.m.2:40:09 p.m.
California11:45:19 a.m.1:12:23 p.m.1:14:38 p.m.2:40:19 p.m.
Columbia (Gans)11:45:46 a.m.1:12:30 p.m.1:15:09 p.m.2:40:26 p.m.
Moberly11:45:20 a.m.1:12:32 p.m.1:13:27 p.m.2:39:20 p.m.
Sturgeon11:45:42 a.m.1:12:35 p.m.1:14:25 p.m.2:39:53 p.m.
   Hallsville   11:45:51 a.m. 1:12:38 p.m.   1:14:51 p.m. 2:40:11 p.m.
Ashland11:45:53 a.m.1:12:41 p.m.1:15:20 p.m.2:40:39 p.m.
  COU Airport     11:45:56 a.m.      1:12:43 p.m.          1:15:23 p.m.        2:40:39 p.m.  
Centralia11:46:00 a.m.1:13:00 p.m.1:14:40 p.m.2:40:11 p.m.
New Bloomfield11:46:15 a.m.1:13:06 p.m.1:15:45 p.m.2:41:02 p.m.
Holts Summit11:46:12 a.m.1:13:08 p.m.1:15:44 p.m.2:41:05 p.m.
Jefferson City11:46:07 a.m.1:13:11 p.m.1:15:37 p.m.2:41:07 p.m.
Fulton11:46:28 a.m.1:13:17 p.m.1:15:51 p.m.2:41:04 p.m.
Wardsville11:46:09 a.m.1:13:21 p.m.1:15:36 p.m.2:41:14 p.m.
Auxvasse11:46:30 a.m.1:13:26 p.m.1:15:34 p.m.2:40:53 p.m.
Mokane11:46:40 a.m.1:13:34 p.m.1:16:14 p.m.2:41:28 p.m.
St. Thomas11:46:06 a.m.1:13:38 p.m.1:15:22 p.m.2:41:21 p.m.
Mexico11:46:29 a.m.1:13:42 p.m.1:15:02 p.m.2:40:40 p.m.
Westphalia11:46:31 a.m.1:13:44 p.m.1:16:04 p.m.2:41:37 p.m.
Chamois11:46:52 a.m.1:13:47 p.m.1:16:26 p.m.2:41:38 p.m.
Linn11:46:46 a.m.1:13:52 p.m.1:16:24 p.m.2:41:47 p.m.
St. Elizabeth11:46:02 a.m.1:14:17 p.m.1:14:44 p.m.2:41:25 p.m.
Belle  11:47:07 a.m.        1:14:32 p.m.        1:16:43 p.m.     2:42:20 p.m.   
Montgomery City11:47:19 a.m.1:14:32 p.m.1:16:13 p.m.2:41:39 p.m.
Hermann11:47:32 a.m.1:14:32 p.m.1:17:02 p.m.2:42:11 p.m.
New Florence11:47:26 a.m.1:14:35 p.m.1:16:28 p.m.2:41:49 p.m.
Vienna11:46:41 a.m.1:14:38 p.m.1:15:50 p.m.2:42:04 p.m.
Owensville11:47:33 a.m.1:14:45 p.m.1:17:18 p.m.2:42:38 p.m.
        TOWN          Start PARTIAL     Start TOTALITY     End TOTALITY      End PARTIAL   

Other Large Cities (Totality)
St. Joseph 1:06:30 to 1:09:09 p.m.

Kansas City Metro 1:08:18 to 1:09:34 p.m.

Wildwood 1:16:32 to 1:18:28 p.m.

O’Fallon 1:16:52 to 1:17:26 p.m.


You can see timing for your specific area (including your backyard) with NASA's interactive map.

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