Great American Solar Eclipse Day Truman: Aug. 21, 2017
On the first day of classes for the Fall semester, Aug. 21, 2017, we will witness a remarkable sight across the United States. A strip of land (called ‘the path of totality’) about 70 miles wide or so that stretches from central Oregon through South Carolina will witness a total solar eclipse — a phenomenal natural wonder that turns daytime into night.
While Kirksville is not in the direct path of the total solar eclipse, spectators will witness a partial eclipse with 98 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon. Using their special eclipse glasses, viewers can expect to see the moon slowly slide across the visible disk of the sun starting around 11:44 a.m. By about 1:11 p.m., the moon will cover about 98.4% of the sun. Then, the moon will slowly drift away from the sun revealing more of the solar disk — by about 2:40 p.m., the sun will be “un-eclipsed.”
The entire process is fascinating to witness, and if we are lucky, we might be able to see a sunspot or two on the sun’s surface. Note that even when the sun is 98.4% obscured by the moon, we will NOT witness any changes in conditions — unlike in the path of totality, it will not get dark.
In preparation for the eclipse, Truman faculty members and students from the Stargazers astronomy club have been working on events to help the community experience the rare occurrence. Solar telescopes and solar binoculars will be set up the day of the event on campus near the Student Union Building Mall and at the observatory located at the University Farm. They will also be accessible at the Adair County Public Library and the Moberly Area Community College parking lot on Normal Street.
Additionally, there will be other means for observing the eclipse, including sunspotters and solar-funnels. These events are free and open to everyone.Truman Observatory Website
Tips for Viewing the Eclipse
Eclipse Time for Kirksville
- Start of Partial Eclipse
11:44 a.m. CST
- Maximum Eclipse
1:11 p.m. CST
- End of Partial Eclipse
2:37 p.m. CST
Solar Telescope & Solar Binocular Locations
- Truman Observatory
- Outside the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium
- Moberly Area Community College
2105 E. Normal Ave.
- Adair County Public Library
1 Library Lane
- Truman Observatory Website
- NASA Eclipse 2017
- AAS Eclipse 2017
- Night Sky Network
- AAPT Eclipse 2017
- NASA-JPL Museum Alliance
- The Great American Eclipse
- Tyler Nordgren’s eclipse Website