2017 Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, for the first time in the St. Louis area since 1442. The partial eclipse will start in late morning and end in early afternoon, with the total eclipse occurring during the 1:00 PM hour. Visit stlouiseclipse2017.org for more information.

Pick Up a Free Pair of Eclipse Viewing Glasses:

Pick up a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses to view the solar eclipse at any Scenic Regional Library branch beginning July 1. Area schools will be in session on August 21 during the eclipse and most districts will purchase and distribute eclipse classes to their students. As a result, the free eclipse viewing glasses are primarily for adults, homeschool students, and pre-school students.

Location, Time and Duration of Eclipse

Hermann — 1:14:30 PM – 2 minutes, 30 seconds
New Haven — 1:15:02 PM – 2 minutes, 31 seconds
Owensville — 1:14:42 PM – 2 minutes, 32 seconds
Pacific — 1:16:13 PM – 2 minutes, 24 seconds
St. Clair — 1:15:42 PM – 2 minutes, 40 seconds
Sullivan — 1:15:34 PM – 2 minutes, 31 seconds
Union — 1:15:35 PM – 2 minutes, 37 seconds

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

If you are within the path of totality https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.