Missourians prepare for rare total eclipse event, now less than 1 year away


Northwest Missouri is now inside the one-year countdown for a long-awaited eclipse event.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will cross the entire United States, with the area of complete eclipse totality passing in a line running from St. Joseph, through Lathrop, down through Marshall, Boonville, and Columbia, before exiting the state of Missouri near Festus and Ste. Genevieve.

Communities like Lathrop and St. Joseph have already begun to see hotel rooms fill up fast for the “eclipse weekend”, with Lathrop, featuring a large number of unobstructed views to the horizon, and celebrating its sesquicentennial next year, in the process of organizing local efforts in anticipation of an influx of visitors into town.

Lathrop’s prime location in the heart of the eclipse will give the community 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality. St. Joseph is expecting 2 minutes and 38 seconds, while locations just south and north of this line, including the Kansas City metropolitan area and Trenton, will experience noticeable darkness, but not a complete cover of the sun’s rays.

Missouri Total Solar Eclipse Path

The southern edge of totality will split the Kansas City metro, with northern suburbs and Independence seeing one minute of totality. As the line of totality gets closer to the St. Joseph/Lathrop/Marshall area, the times increase Liberty and Atchison, Kansas will be in a zone of 2 minutes 20 seconds to 2 minutes and 30 seconds, while, going north/northeast from Lathrop, Cameron will experience 2 minutes and 20 seconds of totality, down to 1 minute and 30 seconds in Winston, and 1 minute in Chillicothe.

Missouri Total Solar Eclipse Path

The line of some totality cuts from the northern edges of Chillicothe to the Pattonsburg area, and just south of Maryville. Trenton will be very close to the line of totality, but the sun will nearly, but not disappear completely in Grundy County. Gallatin will be in the zone of one-minute totality on August 21, 2017.

The eclipse will reach St. Joseph just after 1:06 PM and is expected to end at Ste. Genevieve, on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, just before 1:21 PM.

The total eclipse of the sun is the first to cross the United States from coast to coast since 1918, it will enter the country in Oregon and move to South Carolina.

Get all of your questions answered about the upcoming eclipse from www.NationalEclipse.com, including information, maps, quotes, and more.