Youth Education and Interpretation
Solar Eclipse 2017
Aug. 21, 2017 will be the first total eclipse of the sun to visit Missouri in 148 years.
For the first time since Aug. 7, 1869 (That's 148 years!) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri, and, weather permitting, the next one will be even better than the last one. The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state. The 2017 eclipse will begin its sweep from the northwest corner to Cape Girardeau (see eclipse map). Depending upon where you are in the state, the eclipse will begin between 11:30 a.m. and noon. It will continue until between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The path of totality will go over 42 of our state parks and historic sites and 22 of the KATY Trailheads. Of all of our sites, Felix Valle will have the longest totality of more than 2 min 40 seconds. Even the parts of Missouri farthest from the path will experience a partial eclipse in which over 92% of the sun is covered and even that will be spectacular!