For the first time since 1869, Missourians will experience a total solar eclipse where the sun's brilliant disk is fully covered by the moon. The sky will turn dark and the brightest planets and stars will become visible. Animals become quiet, birds roost, and the temperature drops noticeably.
This astronomical event will be celebrated in Jefferson City with a festival beginning Friday, August 18, 2017 and ending with a viewing party of the eclipse on Monday, August 21. Totality will occur near solar noon on Monday at 1:14:19 pm CDT and last approximately two minutes and 29 seconds.