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The Spectacular 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Over Missouri | April 8

On April 8, 2024, portions of Southeast Missouri will experience more than four minutes of totality, nearly double the length of totality of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Beginning at 1:53 pm CDT, all of Missouri will experience a “partial eclipse.”

What is a “Total” Solar Eclipse?

In a total solar eclipse, the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow on Earth. Along the path of totality, darkness will fall in the middle of the day. Planets and stars may appear. The temperature could drop up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Animals and insects may behave like nightfall has set.

The 2017 total solar eclipse was spectacular, but the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse could be even better. Don’t miss it! The Midwest will not experience another total solar eclipse until August 2045, and Southeast Missouri will not experience another one for at least another 100 years!

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