NASA highlights Jefferson City eclipse celebration

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in Eclipse Events
By: Ben Burke and Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

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.

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - One person was killed in a helicopter crash east of Fulton, according to the Callaway County Sheriff's... More >>
24 minutes ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 4:58:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A former Missouri woman, now living in Florida's panhandle, said Wednesday she is experiencing the "catastrophic"... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:41:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A white woman has been fired after video emerged of her confronting and blocking the entry of a... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Robert Pinhero created a GoFundMe page and is recruiting drivers to help get voters without a car... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:58:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
Cole County – From oil-dripping trucks to ones without seatbelts, Cole County Fire District officials say there's a pressing need... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:38:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
KINGDOM CITY - Eight people were arrested after the Callaway County Sherrif's Office found 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine, about one... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:23:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 1:11:43 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:19:00 PM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A multi-vehicle crash sent one man to the hospital with injuries right before the Wednesday morning commute.... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:42:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The man prosecutors accused of killing Lincoln University student Charon Session pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning. About... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:54:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri had to toss out giving its Nobel Prize winning scientist a parking space... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:24:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in Top Stories
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:14:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at a convenience store in... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:32:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA- A new mobile pantry location through The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri will open Wednesday afternoon providing... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in Top Stories
LADDONIA—The Community R-6 School District is the second district to get new beef options added to its school menu. The... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:13:00 AM CDT October 17, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department investigated a shots heard call on Tuesday evening. The incident happened at the... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:03:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Neighborhood Watch recently secured funding for next year. The Columbia City Council awarded them this money... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:17:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Burrell Behavioral Health introduced a medicine-first approach to its facilities in Missouri’s central region to help clients with... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
6pm 62°
7pm 58°
8pm 55°
9pm 53°