Colleges and universities across Missouri will host a variety of events surrounding the total solar eclipse of the sun Aug. 21, 2017. It has been nearly 150 years since Missouri experienced a total solar eclipse - the last time was Aug. 7, 1869. A wide range of student and public activities - from watch parties to learning opportunities - are planned.
Learn more about the solar eclipse.
Solar eclipse events
All events will be held Aug. 21 unless otherwise indicated.
Central Methodist University
Student event: Tours of the university’s historic Morrison Observatory and solar eclipse video for Central Methodist students and area K-12 school groups, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; lunch and solar eclipse viewing with solar telescopes and glasses for Central Methodist students, 11 a.m. Morrison Observatory tours resume following the eclipse.
More information: centralmethodist.edu/about/campus-attractions/morrison-observatory.php
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing event, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Quad. Solar glasses, refreshments, and activities for students, faculty, and staff, hosted by the Columbia College School of Natural Resources and Mathematics.
More information: ccis.edu/
Student event: Why is this the Best Eclipse in 100 Years? by Peter Hyland, assistant professor of physics and Astronomy, 12:30 p.m., followed by eclipse viewing with solar glasses.
More information: www.cottey.edu/
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing with solar glasses and snacks, hosted by Campus Life staff and the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy program.
More information: crowder.edu/
East Central College
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing with solar telescopes, science activity stations, and refreshments for students, faculty, and staff.
More information: eastcentral.edu/
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event, educational demonstrations and activities, kicking off the college’s 2017-18 Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) Series, 9 a.m. Attendees invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers (no alcohol). Parking fee. Solar glasses, refreshments, and t-shirts (for purchase).
More information: jeffco.edu/ECLIPSE#.WW-aeE2ovcs
Mineral Area College
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Quadrangle and parking area. Special viewing area for scientists and other professionals at the college baseball field. NASA livestream broadcast of eclipse in the Fine Arts Theatre. Games, contests, information booth, photo-opp background, refreshments, and solar glasses (for purchase).
Missouri State University
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event, Plaster Stadium, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m (program starts at 10:30 a.m.), hosted by the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Solar glasses, activities, and refreshments (for purchase). Parking at Hammons Field, shuttle to Plaster Stadium.
More information: https://science.missouristate.edu/SolarEclipse2017.htm
Missouri Southern State University
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing during Missouri Southern’s Welcome Week Picnic. Solar glasses, eclipse-themed activities, and t-shirts.
More information: mssu.edu/
Missouri Western State University
Bushman Planetarium, Agenstein Hall will present "Totality," a special look at eclipses, July 31 - Aug. 21 (admission fee).
Walter Cronkite Memorial, Spratt Hall, extended hours, Aug. 20, special displays about Cronkite's long association with the space program.
Talk with the Experts, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Aug. 20, Potter Hall Theater. Guest speakers include:
- Michael Bakich, organizer of the St. Joseph eclipse event and senior editor of Astronomy Magazine
- Bryan Busby, chief meteorologist, MBC-TV, Kansas City
- Mike Reynolds, professor of astronomy at Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
Video from state-of-the-art H-alpha telescope on Missouri Western’s eclipse web page.
More information: missouriwestern.edu/eclipse2017/
Moberly Area Community College
Student events: Sunscreen SPF17 (Students Preparing for the Future) solar eclipse viewing events at all MACC locations. Solar glasses, chalk art activities, solar-related displays, and NASA livestream broadcast.
More information: macc.edu/rs-news/1954-total-solar-eclipse-on-august-21-2017
North Central Missouri College
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing, 1:12 p.m., front lawn of Geyer Hall.
More information: ncmissouri.edu/search/
Eclipsing Park University: A conversation with Park University alumnus Dr. Lynn Bondurant, retired NASA education programs officer and 2016 inductee into the NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Aug. 20, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, Alumni Hall, Park University. Admission is free but reservations are recommended to guarantee seating.
#Total Eclipse of the Park - A Solar Eclipse Watch Party, 12:30 p.m., Comfort Field parking Lot. Eclipse viewing with solar glasses (limited supply).
More information: park.edu/eclipse/
Southeast Missouri State University
- Main Campus
- Normal Avenue, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Food trucks, music, games, and activities.
- Houck Field, 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eclipse viewing event with solar glasses, entertainment, activities, and musical entertainment. SEMO alumna Kaci Heins, education supervisor with the Official Visitor Center for the NASA Johnson Space Center, will help lead a group of local and university educators in building two scientific payloads and releasing high altitude weather balloons, which will be tracked via GPS and monitored via the Houck Field video board.
- Presentation by Dr. Phillip Reed, astrophysicist from Kutztown University.
- Solar eclipse address, The Next 20 Years: How Science Will Revolutionize Business, the Economy, Medicine, and Our Way of Life, by Dr. Michio Kaku, scientist and author of three New York Times best sellers. Show Me Center, 7:30 p.m. Ticket required, free through Aug. 18 (admission fee for public after Aug. 18).
- SEMO physics faculty and students will participate in the National Solar Observatory’s Citizen Continental America Telescope Eclipse project in Perryville, taking images of the eclipse along the path of totality.
- River Campus
- Solar eclipse viewing event, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Solar glasses, activities, musical and dance performances. Attendees invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages (no alcohol).
More information: eclipse.semo.edu/
St. Charles Community College
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing event, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Solar glasses, t-shirts, educational activities, games, refreshments, music, and giveaways. The college’s Storybook Walk will feature There’s No Place like Space in partnership with the St. Charles County Library Founation.
More information: stchas.edu/solareclipse
State Fair Community College
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event, noon to 2 p.m., Lamm’s Landing and the Quad. Solar glasses (limited supply), music, student organization and local business activity booths, lunch (for purchase, free for students and staff with Blue Card,) and solar eclipse T-shirts (for purchase).
More information: sfccmo.edu/sfcc-host-solar-eclipse-viewing-party/
State Technical College of Missouri
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event and educational programs with the Coca-Cola Space Science Center on campus to broadcast the event live online. Eclipse viewing with ultra-high definition cameras, telescopes, and solar filters that can magnify the sun and moon to observe sunspots and other phenomena.
More information: statetechmo.edu/
Truman State University
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing hosted by Truman State’s Stargazers Astronomy Club. Eclipse viewing with solar telescopes and binoculars near the Student Union Mall, at the University Farm Observatory, the Adair County Library, and the Moberly Area Community College - Kirksville Higher Education Center. Solar glasses available for purchase with proceeds supporting the observatory.
More information: observatory.truman.edu/eclipse2017.
University of Central Missouri
Student event: Solar eclipse viewing. UCM faculty members will be assisting with the National Solar Observatory’s Citizen Continental America Telescopic Experiment in Marshall.
More information: ucmo.edu/news/eclipse.cfm?dy=2017
University of Missouri
- This World and Others Like It, Aug. 18 - Sept. 23, Bond Life Sciences Center. Photographic and computer simulations by award-winning artist artist Drew Nikonowicz.
- Odyssey Music Series: Solar Eclipse - A Celestial Celebration, 7 p.m., Aug. 18, First Baptist Church. Odyssey Chamber Music Series program featuring music inspired by natural phenomenon, followed by reception.
- Doing Science in the Dark: What Scientists Study During Eclipses, 10:30 p.m. to noon, Aug. 19, Bond Life Sciences Center, Monsanto Auditorium. Presentation by Dr. Angela Speck, MU Director of Astronomy.
- Laws Observatory Open Hours, noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 19-20, Physics Building (top floor). View the sun through a solar telescope prior to the eclipse, investigate astronomy artifacts, talk with an astonomy expert.
- MU and CAAM in Concert: A Total Solar Eclipse Experience, performances at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Aug. 19, Bond Life Sciences Center, Monsanto Auditorium. Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri mulitimedia concert of space inspired music.
- Knowing the stars: The art, science and history of the stars, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Aug. 19, Bond Life Sciences Center, Monsanto Auditorium. Presenation by MU alum Drew Nikonowicz (artist) and MU professors Angela Speck (astrophisics, Joseph Erb, digital storytelling), and Christine VanPool (anthropology).
- To the Moon: Archaeological Discoveries in Ancient America, 7 p.m., Aug. 20, Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building. Presention by Dr. Timothy Pauketat, professor of anthropology and medieval studies and associate director for research with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.
Student event: Mizzou Eclipse Watch Event, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. Solar glasses and pizza for students, faculty, and staff (with MU ID - while supplies last).
More information: missouri.edu/eclipse/
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences, East Academic Building and top floor of Garden Avenue Parking Garage, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. Educational presentatations, children activities, solar glasses. Registration required.
More information: webster.edu/eclipse
- Lecture in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. Timothy Riley National Churchill Museum director, will discuss the architect of the church, Christopher Wren, who was also an astronomer and rediscovered the Winston Churchill essay, Are We Alone in the Universe?, 2 p.m., Aug. 20. Free with museum admission.
- Concert in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. Music of the Spheres will be performed on the Mander organ with David Sinden, church organist and music director for St. Peters Episcopal Church in St. Louis, 2:30 p.m., Aug. 20. Free with museum admission.
- Lecture about solar eclipses by Dr. Kent Palmer, emeritus professor of physics, and Dr. Leah Criswell, visiting assistant professor of physics, Champ Auditorium, 11 a.m. Solar glasses provided following lecture. Lecture can also be viewed by live stream at westminster-mo.edu/news/LiveStreaming/default.html.
- Barbecue picnic-style lunch, Backer Dining Hall and Priest Football Field, 11:30 a.m. (for purchase). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Eclipse viewing at Priest Field, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
William Jewell College
Public event: Solar eclipse viewing event, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Greene Memorial Stadium. Society of Physics Students and physics faculty will host programs, eclipse models, and science demonstrations. Viewing with solar glasses and telesopes with solar filters starting at 12:30 p.m.
More information: jewell.edu/about-jewell/solar-eclipse