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COLUMBIA - Viewers throughout mid-Missouri sent in photos and video documenting the solar eclipse that swept across the state Monday. Totality only lasted a few moments, but offered an unforgettable view.

Northern parts of mid-Missouri battled with cloud cover, but southern parts of the viewing area saw clouds clear away just in time for totality at 1:12 p.m.

Cindy Haverstick traveled south from Centralia to escape the clouds and capture a glimpse of totality.

"It was so eerie, on a gravel road, by myself, in the dark, and the crickets began to chirp," Haverstick said. "What an awesome experience!"

This is the last solar eclipse to cross directly over mid-Missouri for 500 years.

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Eclipse live blog: photos and video from the field https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-live-blog-photos-and-video-from-the-field/ https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-live-blog-photos-and-video-from-the-field/ Eclipse Events Mon, 21 Aug 2017 7:58:45 AM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and Danielle Katz, Daniel Perreault and Mica Soellner, KOMU 8 Digital Producers Eclipse live blog: photos and video from the field

COLUMBIA - Clouds dissipated enough for many people in mid-Missouri to get a good view of the total solar eclipse. Crowds gathered at Cosmo Park cheered as the moon covered the sun and the solar corona appeared.

Thousand of people gathered at meeting points around the region, including Jefferson City, Gans Creek Recreation Area, Boonville and Fulton.

Viewer photos and video appear below in reverse chronological order with the newest on top. You can see more images in our viewer photo gallery.

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Rain stops moments before total solar eclipse in Boonville https://www.komu.com/news/rain-stops-moments-before-total-solar-eclipse-in-boonville/ https://www.komu.com/news/rain-stops-moments-before-total-solar-eclipse-in-boonville/ Eclipse Events Mon, 21 Aug 2017 3:28:36 PM Jasmine Ramirez, KOMU 8 Reporter Rain stops moments before total solar eclipse in Boonville

BOONVILLE – Eclipse viewers gathered at the Boonville Airport to watch the total solar eclipse in a point of 100 percent totality. People from around the world traveled to mid-Missouri for the best eclipse watching experience.

“I’m from Liverpool, England. We love the United States and have been here a lot for vacation and obviously the eclipse was a bonus,” Rob Johnson said. “I’m an amateur astronomer and have been interested in it since I was five years old.”

Tents and RVs lined the airport parking lot. Families set up tents and many individuals brought eclipse viewing gear such as telescopes and cameras to capture the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Boonville was not the original viewing destination for many people that watched the eclipse at the Boonville Airport. Many eclipse viewers initially planned to go to St. Joe, MO but bad weather caused harsh viewing conditions.

 “There was more cloud cover there than here so we trekked it up to Boonville,” Paul Wilkes said. We are hopeful to chase some blue skies.”

Optimistic eclipse viewers went to Boonville in the hopes of finding clear skies. Minutes before the expected time of totality the weather in Boonville took its own turn.

“The clouds came in thick and we thought maybe we had missed our chance,” eclipse viewer Tim Morgan said. “Then just moments before totality came the clouds cleared away and we saw one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life.”

Watchers reacted to the eclipse with gasps and excitement. Morgan summed up his viewing experience at the Boonville Airport.

“It was a kind of light that I have never seen before and to be with these people and share this experience was very exciting,” Morgan said.

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NASA highlights Jefferson City eclipse celebration https://www.komu.com/news/nasa-highlights-jefferson-city-eclipse-eclipse-celebration/ https://www.komu.com/news/nasa-highlights-jefferson-city-eclipse-eclipse-celebration/ Eclipse Events Mon, 21 Aug 2017 3:39:35 PM Ben Burke and Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Reporters NASA highlights Jefferson City eclipse celebration

JEFFERSON CITY - The total solar eclipse lasted for only a few short minutes, but the anticipation of the rare event made Jefferson City an astronomical hotbed Monday.

In June, NASA named Jefferson City one of seven cities to host a live broadcast of the eclipse. Monday, the agency was at the state Capitol with a variety of attractions open to the public. Visitors were able to meet an astronaut, see space memorabilia, and play games with NASA representatives.

The event drew a wide range of visitors, both local and international. According to the Great American Eclipse, Missouri expected more than 1.2 million visitors to the state Monday.

"I came all the way from Canada and it was worth every penny," said Lorne Gessner, a native of Edmonton, Alberta.

Gessner said he made the 1,700 mile trip to Jefferson City last week for a chance to see something.

"Back home it was like a 70 percent eclipse," Gessner said. "That's still amazing to look but I came here to see something breathtaking."

"It was worth every penny for that two minutes and 29 minutes, it was spectacular. I wouldn't trade it for the world," he said.

The eclipse also gave first-time astronomy fans a chance to try and capture the once in a lifetime moment.

Gary Kasten, who made the trip from the Branson area, got his telescope "just four or five days" before Monday.

Kasten said he didn't even know how to use it when he got it, but tried learning quickly.

One person who helped Kasten was Texas high school astronomy teacher David Temple, whom Kasten just met.

Kasten said the eclipse furthered his excitement for seeing deeper into space.

“That’s one of the reasons I bought this is because I wanted to be able to reach out and really see as far out as I can see," he said. "And who knows, if I get really into this I may upgrade to a better and bigger telescope, who knows?"

The next total eclipse to make its path through Missouri will happen in 2024.

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Crowds from all over share excitement over eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/crowds-from-all-over-share-excitement-over-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/crowds-from-all-over-share-excitement-over-eclipse/ Eclipse Events Mon, 21 Aug 2017 3:44:53 PM Jacob Seus, Claire Kopsky, Sarah Trott and Jasmine Ramirez, KOMU 8 Reporters Crowds from all over share excitement over eclipse

COLUMBIA - Gasps and cheers went up from crowds from around the world gathered across mid-Missouri for the total solar eclipse.

Tim Morgan came from Iowa to watch at the Boonville airport.

“It was a kind of light that I have never seen before, and to be with these people and share this experience was very exciting,” he said.

Will Appman came all the way from New Jersey to Gans Creek Recreational Area to see it happen. He could barely talk about how he felt about the experience.

"It was an incredible spiritual experience probably something I will never get to experience again in my life," he said.

People gathered at Columbia's Cosmo park came from France, Sweden, Los Angeles, New York and the nation's capitol.

Washington, D.C. resident Gerson Sher said it's hard to describe what it felt like.

"It's something like a religious experience," he said.

Although totality was just a few minutes, the experience and its meaning are much longer lasting for Sher.

"You have a feeling you're part of the universe, which is a pretty awesome feeling," he said.

Nature almost didn't cooperate for eclipse viewers. Clouds in the northern part of the region made some people jump in their cars and head south.

“The clouds came in thick and we thought maybe we had missed our chance,” Morgan said.

But skies cleared just enough in many areas for the eclipse to be seen.

"Just moments before totality came, the clouds cleared away and we saw one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life,” Morgan said.

About 200 people watched from Gans Creek Recreation Area. Maine resident Jon Hunter was ten years old the last time he saw an eclipse. That was 48 years ago in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"I remember getting in my car and driving 15 hours with my mother," he said. "Today's eclipse drew much more hype with all of the media coverage it got."

Monday's eclipse coincided with his mother's birthday, Hunter said.

"I made sure to call her from the park to wish her a happy birthday," he said. "I let her know about the large crowd of people and the wonderful experience."

Gans Creek’s open fields were filled with telescopes of all shapes and sizes. The crowd was filled with passionate astronomers looking to get a glimpse of the eclipse with their high-powered gear.

Evan Chladny is a 15-year-old boy from Kansas City who aspires to become a meteorologist. He was prepared with a storm tracker app and binoculars to make sure nothing got in the way of him getting the best view of the eclipse. Chladny said he has been planning for the last four years.

"I've been looking at the weather and the best place to be for a long time now, Chladny said.” “It’s really nice to have a dad who could come here and watch this with me.”

Reactions were similar at Fulton High School, which was a hub for experiential learning for the event. Two dozen Arkansas college and high school students and their professors traveled to Missouri to launch a balloon to record data during totality.

Secured with duct tape, super glue, hot glue, pool noodles, wire and rope, the Arkansas BalloonSAT was built by students from the University of Arkansas, Arkansas State, Harding University and Pottsville High School.

Nine cameras were attached by different student groups to record data. All of the parts were assembled at Fulton High School Monday. In addition to photos, videos, time lapses, and a live stream back to NASA, temperature, atmospheric pressure and humidity were recorded while the balloon was in the air.

Tillman Kennon, Director of Research for Arkansas BalloonSAT, said the group is all about getting kids involved in science at an early age and giving them an opportunity to work on NASA supported projects.

Ed Roberts, Director of Educational Outreach for Arkansas BalloonSAT, said they choose Fulton High School as the place to launch the balloon based on “nearness to our homes in Arkansas, the fact that schools have good WiFi, the fact that kids would be present which is what we’re all about, and when we called the school they were very excited about having us come.” 

The balloon is expected to come down in Williamsburg Monday evening, where the Arkansas BalloonSAT team will collect the nine cameras attached to the pipeline.

Monday's eclipse is prompting some people to become eclipse chasers.

Watching from Cosmo Park, Sydney Ruffalo from Wisconsin said, "Yeah, I really want to go and see the next one. I think I'll go in 2024. We traveled eight hours in a car and it was worth it."

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Eclipse viewers say the trip to Columbia was well worth it https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-viewers-say-the-trip-to-columbia-was-well-worth-it/ https://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-viewers-say-the-trip-to-columbia-was-well-worth-it/ Eclipse Events Tue, 22 Aug 2017 2:28:07 AM Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Eclipse viewers say the trip to Columbia was well worth it

COLUMBIA — Thousands of people traveled to Columbia and the surrounding cities to view a once in a lifetime event, a total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and Sun and fully covers the view of the sun.

Monday’s eclipse was the first total solar eclipse to occur in the United States since 1979, making it an incredibly popular event for people who live in, near and around the path of totality.

As a result, several people traveled to cities within the path of totality including Charleston, South Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee and Columbia.

“I had never seen an event like this and this was a prime location,” Texas native Bruce Blair said. 

Blair is one of many people who drove to Columbia solely to view the eclipse. He booked his families' hotel rooms six months in advance to secure their stay.

Kris Johnson drove over eight hours to Columbia from Minnesota to see the total eclipse in person. He said the drive was well worth it.

"It was absolutely amazing, probably one of the most spectacular things I think I've ever seen," Johnson said. “How well the moon crosses the sun is what I enjoy the most. They're both so far apart from each other yet they somehow make just the right amount of distance away so they completely block each other out,”

Blair and Johnson both came prepared with special protective lenses for their cameras and telescopes so that they could capture images of the eclipse.

"I have my camera hooked on a thousand millimeter lens, so I can look through the viewfinder and get a pretty decent view of the eclipse through the telescope and get some close up pictures with the DSLR," Blair said.

In addition to the pictures they took, Blair and Johnson said the memory of seeing the eclipse in person will last a lifetime.

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Donors receive eclipse memento https://www.komu.com/news/donors-receive-eclipse-memento/ https://www.komu.com/news/donors-receive-eclipse-memento/ Eclipse Events Tue, 22 Aug 2017 5:02:12 PM Sydney Olsen, KOMU 8 Reporter Donors receive eclipse memento

COLUMBIA - The District Downtown Columbia had decided to give people the chance to remember the total eclipse forever.  Anyone can donate one hundred dollars to the Gateway Project and receive one of the eclipse banners.  

The banners hung on ninth street in celebration of the total eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21.

Executive Director of the Downtown Community Improvement District, Katie Essing says the donations will help with the beautification of downtown Columbia. 

"We've got 24 of those banners that are placed and they are coming down tomorrow due to the eclipse being over," said Essing.

"So the decision the committee made was to give them away to the first people that donate a hundred dollars to the Gateway Project."

Essing says donations to the Gateway Project help bring art and identification to the downtown area of Columbia. 

The banners will be taken down on Aug. 23 but people can donate until supplies run out.

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Missouri State Parks says don't use eclipse glasses agency sold https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-parks-says-don-t-use-eclipse-glasses-agency-sold/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-parks-says-don-t-use-eclipse-glasses-agency-sold/ Eclipse Events Fri, 18 Aug 2017 6:48:40 PM The Associated Press Missouri State Parks says don't use eclipse glasses agency sold

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them.

The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart eclipse glasses and viewers sold at parks and historic sites in Missouri during Monday's solar eclipse. People who purchased the glasses can return them for a full refund.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Renee Bungart said it's unclear how many PMS Promo Mart glasses were sold, but the agency purchased 25,000.

Doctors around the U.S. launched campaigns this summer to warn people that they can damage their eyes staring directly at the sun.

The American Astronomical Society's solar eclipse task force has put out a list of approved manufacturers of eclipse eyewear.

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Mid-Missourians get creative in celebrating the upcoming eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-get-creative-in-celebrating-the-upcoming-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-get-creative-in-celebrating-the-upcoming-eclipse/ Eclipse Events Sun, 6 Aug 2017 3:26:12 PM Shade Bullock, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Missourians get creative in celebrating the upcoming eclipse

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians partnered with Access Arts to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse in an artistic way.

Multiple organizations, businesses, groups and nonprofits helped paint 72 panels to create a giant mural representing the solar eclipse. The finished mural was revealed in the Montminy Gallery at the Walters Boone County Museum Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Artists of the mural hope the painting encourages Missourians to realize what is going on around them rather than focusing on technology.

Shawna Johnson, executive director of Access Arts, said, “We hope people viewing the exhibit will slow down and take some time to think about what’s really important in life, not be so caught up in the hustle and bustle, but take note of those big moments and celebrate them with art.”

Access Arts is the lead organization behind the community mural. Access Arts is a Columbia nonprofit that brings the love of art into mid-Missourians' lives.  

In addition to the community mural, the gallery displayed paintings from Access Arts' other programs, such as its free art classes for veterans and its childrens camps. 

The Walters Boone County Museum not only wants to celebrate the exhibit during normal business hours, but wants Missourians to appreciate the exhibit during the actual eclipse. The museum is holding special hours, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Aug. 21 for Missourians to appreciate the solar eclipse exhibit during the real deal.

Chris Campbell, executive director of the Boone County Historical Museum and Galleries, said, “People can come out here and not only see this exhibit, but then walk outside around 1 to 1:20 and enjoy the eclipse in the beautiful Nifong Park.”

The exhibit will be on display until September 17.

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Missouri State Museum hosting eclipse program https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-museum-hosting-eclipse-program/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-museum-hosting-eclipse-program/ Eclipse Events Tue, 1 Aug 2017 2:16:20 PM Lindsay Hornecker, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri State Museum hosting eclipse program

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Museum will hold an eclipse-related program Wednesday night as a part of the “Museum After Hours” series. The program is called "Eclipse and More."

"Museum After Hours" happens every first Wednesday of the month.

“Aug. 2 we will be hosting David Ganey, who’s an astronomy teacher here in Jefferson City, and he’ll be talking about the eclipse that’s coming up Aug. 21 and some of the other astronomical phenomenon’s that will be seen in the night sky over the next few weeks,” said Tiffany Patterson, the museum’s director.

“I’m really surprised and honored that they asked me to give the talk,” Ganey said.

Ganey will speak about the cause and frequency of eclipses, safety in viewing the eclipse and the history and impact on society eclipses can have.

“We just want to make sure that everyone is aware of what’s going on and that they are equipped to really enjoy the eclipse, because this is probably the only time any of us will see a total eclipse,” Patterson said.

“There’s lots of different scientific advancements that we know now because of the total eclipse,”Ganey said. “I think the greatest thing that is happening as a science educator is seeing so many people getting so excited about the eclipse. I think it’s a great economic thing for Jefferson City and an education thing for kids and adults, and this is something that you can only see so often.”

The program is free of charge, and will be held in the History hall in the east wing of the Capitol.

The museum will hold another program on the eclipse for children Aug. 15.

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Conservation areas offer prime viewing of eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/conservation-areas-offer-prime-viewing-of-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/conservation-areas-offer-prime-viewing-of-eclipse/ Eclipse Events Tue, 25 Jul 2017 6:45:13 PM Eva Cheng, KOMU 8 Reporter Conservation areas offer prime viewing of eclipse

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging eclipse viewers to visit the state’s conservation areas Aug. 21 to get “an escape from crowded cities and light pollution,” according to a news release.

The department’s website says there are nearly 1,000 conservation areas across Missouri, and 54 of them lie in the solar eclipse’s primary path.

The media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Robert Hemmelgarn, said all areas are free and open to the public. 

“They offer a great opportunity for Missourians to get out and enjoy, experience the eclipse in a more wild environment than you can get in town,”  he said.

Hemmelgarn said people would have a rare chance to see how wildlife reacts to eclipse. 

“For a lot of animals, some bird species, for instance, when it gets dark outside, that’s a cue to them that the day, it’s over and it’s time to go back to roost,” he said. “There may be interesting things to watch in wildlife to see how they react to this nighttime in the middle of a day for a couple of minutes.”

Hemmelgarn said, when it comes to preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime experience, there’s still a sense of mystery.

“The last total eclipse to occur in the state of Missouri was in 1869,” he said. “So there’s still a lot of things that we don’t know. We’re not exactly sure what to expect with this eclipse. It’s been a long time since we’ve had one here.” 

The department says some conservation areas may require visitors to obtain special-use permits for group camping.


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Teens head to MU to learn storytelling strategies for eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/teens-head-to-mu-to-learn-storytelling-strategies-for-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/teens-head-to-mu-to-learn-storytelling-strategies-for-eclipse/ Eclipse Events Sun, 16 Jul 2017 7:42:56 PM Casey Edwards, KOMU 8 Reporter Teens head to MU to learn storytelling strategies for eclipse

COLUMBIA - Teens hoping to learn more about next month’s eclipse are attending a camp to learn skills so they can pass along the story of the eclipse.

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival and 4-H Center for Youth and Development are hosting the “Telling the Story of the Stars” summer camp at MU. Teens came to the camp from all over Missouri, and Camp Director Lisa Overholser said there’s even one student from Texas.

Over the course of the camp, campers will first learn the science behind eclipses from MU Director of Astronomy Angela Speck. They’ll then learn oral and digital storytelling skills from Professional Storyteller Sherry Norfolk and MU Digital Media Professor Katina Bitsicas they can use to explain the eclipse in an artistic way.

“Whenever you can use digital and artistic skills and combine them, then I feel like the students are able to use both sides of their brain, and that’s a pretty awesome experience,” Bitsicas said.

Campers will learn storytelling skills like digital stop-motion animation as well as oral techniques from cultures around the world to create projects they can show at the annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 2018.

Speck is a local expert on eclipses and said she’s looking forward to working with the teens this week.

“Teenagers have this mixture of disdain but curiosity, and trying to get over the disdain and pull them in, that’s a challenge that I look forward to,” Speck said.

The camp lasts until Thursday, July 20, but these teens will work to perfect their stories about the eclipse until the storytelling festival in May 2018. 


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Mural to commemorate upcoming solar eclipse https://www.komu.com/news/mural-to-commemorate-upcoming-solar-eclipse/ https://www.komu.com/news/mural-to-commemorate-upcoming-solar-eclipse/ Eclipse Events Tue, 11 Jul 2017 8:04:23 AM Nick Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter Mural to commemorate upcoming solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - August's upcoming solar eclipse has grabbed the attention of many groups such as scientists, tourists, and historians. 

Add to that list artists, as the city of Columbia will soon have a mural to celebrate the eclipse's passing over the city. 

Local nonprofit organization Access Artists is organizing the mural, which will be composed of 72 canvas panels. Those panels were given out to various Columbia groups including the Center for Urban Agriculture, The Crossing Church, and Grant Elementary School. 

The art studio gave each group a a couple of of panels to complete for the mural, with the finished product expected to be a mosaic of the artwork created from assemblies across Columbia. 

Access Artists Executive Director Shawna Johnson said the collaborative nature of the project shows the binding power of art. 

"We talk a lot about how art is the kind of thing that brings people together. No matter what side of the fence you're on politically, no matter what other issues are going on, art is something that levels the playing field," Johnson said.

Johnson said she wants to keep the design of the mural a surprise, so it is yet unclear exactly what the mural will depict. 

Access Artists were only able to reveal that the mural will tell a story of the eclipse as it takes place in Columbia. 

The mural will be on display at the Boone County Historical Museum next month as a part of a special exhibit. 

The grand opening is planned for Sunday, August 6th with the display running through the rest of August. 

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Solar eclipse comes early for Columbia art gallery https://www.komu.com/news/solar-eclipse-comes-early-for-columbia-art-gallery/ https://www.komu.com/news/solar-eclipse-comes-early-for-columbia-art-gallery/ Eclipse Events Fri, 7 Jul 2017 5:19:57 PM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Reporter Solar eclipse comes early for Columbia art gallery

COLUMBIA – A local art exhibit is giving mid-Missourians an early taste of next month’s solar eclipse.

The Columbia Art League (CAL) recently opened its “Eclipsed” summer exhibit. The gallery is free to attend and features artwork produced by CAL members.

CAL Education Director Karen Stout said seasonal exhibits have been displayed for years, but the gallery has traditionally held back on using themes.

“Normally our summer show is wide open,” Stout said. “We don’t really do a theme. We like to keep it broad enough that a diverse community of artists can respond.”

However, Stout said next month’s solar eclipse motivated CAL to select a specific subject.

“Since the total solar eclipse is such a rare and special event happening this summer, we thought we would celebrate that in some way and ask artists in the community to respond to that idea,” Stout said.

Stout said the exhibit’s theme is specific, but features various forms of art.

“We have painters,” Stout said. “We have people who do printmaking, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media sculptures.”

Stout also said that while the gallery may be more thematically specific than ever before, the interpretation of “Eclipsed” is ultimately up to the artist.

“With the idea of eclipse, we broadened that out to include light and shadow,” Stout said. “How one thing obscures another. So it can be taken more literally or it could be more figuratively.”

“Eclipsed” is open to the public until August 23, 2017. More information on the exhibit is available on the CAL website.

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Mizzou extension offers solar eclipse viewing classes https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-extension-offers-solar-eclipse-viewing-classes/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-extension-offers-solar-eclipse-viewing-classes/ Eclipse Events Tue, 13 Jun 2017 3:12:44 PM Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 Reporter Mizzou extension offers solar eclipse viewing classes

COLUMBIA - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute started its solar eclipse viewing classes Tuesday for 75 attendees.

"I knew it was going to be a big class because it's a unique event and the interest is very high. So, I am happy to have them," said the instructor for the "Techniques for Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse," Val Germann.

The class will meet four more times in the next three weeks. Germann said these classes are good to inform people on what to look for during the eclipse and how to best view it. The Columbia area will experience totality for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

"So a little research, so that you know the sequence of events, and are prepared for them, will make it a lot better event than it's even going to be. It's going to be amazing no matter what. But you can actually enhance the experience if you know a little bit more about it," he said.

Despite the institute's goal to keep intellectual health and improve interactions within the population, classes like these mean more than just knowledge for some students.

"I also have a great granddaughter, who will have her fifth birthday within a couple of days from when the eclipse comes. And she is up in Minnesota. So, I've been sending what I know about it up to her parents to invite them down so she can spend her fifth birthday here in Columbia and observe it," Joanne Heisler, a class attendee, said. "So she can remember it, because I am sure it will be something she will remember her whole life."

Heisler said she is insisting on learning and convincing her family members to come to Columbia to watch the eclipse because of a personal experience that has never left her memory.

"When I was a very young child, my father waking me up in the middle of the night to see an eclipse of the moon. And how I still remember that, and how excited I was about that. It not only informs me, but it helps me reminisce about things I knew, things I used to know," she said.

During the lecture, Germann gave out his homemade strategy for viewing the eclipse with his family. 

"Using a small telescope to aim the sun into a light box, basically, and I made this at home. It's a frame of wood about six inches deep with white foam core across the back, and so it shadows, the wood shadows the foam core. And you project it, the image of the sun, into that box, and you can observe it from a distance. And in fact, a number of people can observe it at the same time," he said. "And it's perfectly safe because they are observing a projected image that cannot possibly be a problem."

The institute offers year around classes for people 50 years old or over. MU Conference Office Director Jewel Coffman said in an email that people can still register for the summer session.

"Registration is still available; however, some classes are closed, having reached their enrollment capacity," she said.

Heisler said because of the first class, she decided her eclipse viewing location.

"I think my own backyard will probably have a very good view of it. Particularly since it's going to be high in the sky - that was something I learned today - that it's nice to know that it's going to be very high in the sky," she said.


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Mid-Mo Communities to host eclipse events https://www.komu.com/news/mid-mo-communities-to-host-eclipse-events/ https://www.komu.com/news/mid-mo-communities-to-host-eclipse-events/ Eclipse Events Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:44:59 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Mid-Mo Communities to host eclipse events

COLUMBIA - Cities across mid-Missouri are scheduled to host different events in celebration of the solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21. If you would like to add your event to this page, please email or message Kenton Gewecke. If your venue has television, be sure to request KOMU 8 for full Show Me Eclipse coverage! 


Official viewing sites:

Several events will take place throughout the weekend and Monday of the solar eclipse at several locations within Columbia.

  • Cosmo Park: Throughout the weekend, family-friendly activities including a movie in the park, live music, a bike trail ride and more will be hosted in celebration for the eclipse viewing on Monday. The park will be open for guests to watch the solar eclipse.
  • Gans Creek Recreational Area: Gans Creek will be a site for viewers to set up astronomical equipment and watch the eclipse. 


Sunday Only:

  • Totality Run: In celebration for the total solar eclipse the next day, a 5k will be held at 9 a.m. The 5k will be at Cosmo Park and participants will walk/run along the Bear Creek Trail. Registration fees increase by $5 starting August 1st. Admission includes solar eclipse glasses, a Totality Run t-shirt, Shakespeare's pizza and more. Register HERE.
  • Totality Ride: In addition to a 5k, a bike ride along the Bear Creek Trail will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Cosmo Park. Riders will travel from Cosmo Park to Oakland Park and back for a distance of almost 10 miles. Similar to the 5k, registration fees increase by $5 starting August 1st. Register HERE.


Monday Only:

  • 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Foodstock - Located at Corporate Lake (near Rock Bridge High School) this event will have live music, food trucks, restaurants, beer tents, games, hot air balloons, kids area, fireworks (at 8 p.m.) and contests amoung other activities. Find more information HERE.


Jefferson City

The Capital Eclipse Celebration will host several events the weekend of the solar eclipse.


  • 9 a.m. - noon: The 6th annual Hotter n Hell 5k Fun Run will be held at the Jefferson City Fire Department Training Facility. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. but register by August 7th to guarantee a spot. Registration fee is $30 including a t-shirt and eclipse glasses. Activities for all ages will be provided, including face paint, bounce house, etc. 
  • 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Downtown Jefferson City will be hosting a family friendly live music event called Saturday Night Live. Admission is free, however, $2 over 21 wristbands will be available in order to purchase alcoholic beverages.



  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: The Scholastic Education Series will offer different classes and lectures based upon interest and education level at the Missouri State Capitol, Missouri River Regional Library and other locations. These are designed to enhance your solar eclipse experience. Admission for classes should be free, however, some classese may require a fee. This event is sponsored by Scholastic. 
  • 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Riverside Park will be hosting Total Eclipse of the Park where families can come and enjoy various activities ranging from SyFy movies to art in the artist village. Several food vendors will be present. Admission to this event is free, however, additional costs like admission to the Ellis Porter Riverside pool opening from noon to 5 p.m. will vary. 
  • 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Pink Floyd tribute band, Interstellar Overdrive, will be performing the full version of the album "Dark Side of the Moon" on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. Admission is free.

Missouri State Penitentiary Tours will be open both Saturday and Sunday on the weekend of the solar eclipse. Ticketing prices start at $12 and hours will vary. 


  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Capital Eclipse Village is hosting a festival in North Jefferson City filled with live music, kid's activities, vendors and more. Parking is $10 per car and a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to and from the festival area. 
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Capital Eclipse is also hosting a viewing at the Missouri State Capitol. Several activities including educational demonstrations and eclipse coverage will be available. Viewing is free, however parking in North Jefferson City for $10 per car is suggested as parking near the capitol is limited. 
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Eastside Business Association will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing and a cookout at Riverside Park. Viewing is free but there will be a cost for the cookout. The cost has yet to be set.



The Boonville Chamber of Commerce as well as the City of Boonville are working to schedule more activities on the lead up to the solar eclipse. 


  • Blackout in Boonville - A block party at the Depot District (First Street) will be held including music, food, a car museum, games and more. You can register HERE.



  • Golf tournament at Hail Ridge Golf Course, for more informaiton or to register to play, please call (660) 882-2223
  • Bike ride along the KATY trail
  • BBQ at State Fair Community College


Official viewing sites

  1. Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport, 20044 Pearre Lane (I-70 Exit 106)
  2. Kemper Park, Third Street




  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Light and Shadow art gallery and cocktail reception at Williams Wood University.



  • 9 a.m. - Noon: Farmers Market on 5th Street, between Court and Nichols Streets. Enjoy the kids activity station by Callaway County Public Library.
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Auto World Museum - features a solar car and a rare “Moon” car built in St. Louis.
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Create your own 12” x 16” acrylic on canvas painting at the Art House for $35.
  • 12:30 p.m.: BBQ competition to benefit Central Missouri Honor Flight at the Serenity Valley Winery.



  • 2 p.m. Program/Concert at the National Churchill Museum. Learn about the designer, Sir Christopher Wren, who was an astronomer before he was an architect.
  • 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by Open Road and food vendors at Serenity Valley Winery. Camping available.



  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Sip With The Eclipse Viewing Party at Serenity Valley Winery - Enjoy music, food truck, games and wide open view of the eclipse with friends and family. Go on a hot air baloon ride, too.
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant viewing party - view from the bluff tops over looking the Missouri River.
  • William Woods University: Join assistant professor Joe Kyger as he offers an opportunity to use the university’s state-of-the-art telescope to offer a unique perspective on the totality.
  • "Eclipse on the Greens" at Tanglewood Golf Course - half price off golf, drinks and merchandise.




  • Total Eclipse of the Trail event will feature a two hour horseback ride along the Katy Trail during the time of the eclipse. Other activities including Cow Patty Bingo will be available. The trail ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee for the event is $20.17 and includes solar eclipse safety glasses, a beverage ticket and more.


Holts Summit

Covenant Point Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting a Quilt Auction and Luncheon to celebrate 20 years of summer camp along with viewing for the solar eclipse on August 21st.


  • 10 a.m.: Quilt Auction begins as well as other silent auction tables. 
  • 11 a.m.: Quilt Auction will end and the Convenant Point Camp and Retreat Center's luncheon begins as they celebrate 20 years of summer camp. 
  • 1 p.m.: Luncheon will end and guests are expected to find a space on their 160 acres land to view the eclipse. 

Purchase Adult Admission tickets through the camp's summer registration site before August 12th. Wristbands will be given out once checked in and must be worn during the solar eclipse viewing. The tickets will include the luncheon, bidding for the silent auction, solar viewing glasses and other camp activities.

Lodging and Tent Reservations are also available and can be accessed through the same summer camp registration site listed above.  


Multiple events are planned around Marshall through the weekend. Multiple opportunites exist at the Saline County Fairgrounds.


  • Nite & Day 5K
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Shoping Under the Sun- Saline County Courthouse Square. Arts, crafts, food and commemorative buys. Admission is free.
  • 4-10 p.m.: The Cosmic Concert - Saline County Fairgrounds, $10 for lawn, $20 reserved seating. Get tickets HERE.



  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Shoping Under the Sun- Saline County Courthouse Square. Arts, crafts, food and commemorative buys. Admission is free.
  • Fun-Tastic Fly-In: Fly into the Marshall Municipal Airport and camp overnight to view the eclipse. More information can be found HERE.

 More information can be found on the city of Marshall's eclipse website.


Read more stories about how this total solar eclipse will impact mid-Missouri on our official page.




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