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The Great American Eclipse 

When: Mon., Aug. 21 2017
Price: free admission
For the ultimate in free entertainment, you can't beat a solar eclipse. The moon's perpetual voyage around the Earth will pass between us and the sun on August 21, blocking out the light for almost two-and-a-half minutes across a large swath of America, hence the informal title of the "great American eclipse." The path of this eclipse will slice right through Missouri from the Northwest down to the Southeast, but will not be fully visible from Downtown, Midtown or most of the central counties. You need to head southwest to Union, DeSoto or Festus to experience the daytime dimming of the sun (which is called "totality"). The closer you get to these cities, the longer you'll be in darkness, which should arrive around 1:15 to 1:17 p.m., depending on location. Of course, you can't look up at the sun during this time for fear of eye damage, but there's an app for that; local libraries, Schnucks stores and numerous civic groups have been giving away eclipse safety glasses throughout the summer. Speaking of Schnucks, the grocery store co-hosts a special viewing party from noon to 2 p.m. at Luther Ely Smith Square near the Arch. It won't be in the totality zone, but you'll have a quite a backdrop.
— Paul Friswold


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