WashU Scientists Plan for Trip South of St. Louis to View the Total Solar Eclipse at Public Event

    Washington University faculty from the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and from both the Departments of Physics and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences will be hosting a free, open to the public event at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site: https://mostateparks.com/event/103661/solar-eclipse-2024

    The countdown is on to last total solar eclipse in the United States for over 20 years, in August of 2044.

    The day the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow and blocking out the Sun is Monday April 8th around 2pm. And totality for people in the St. Louis area is just a short drive away!

    The total solar eclipse of 2024 will be bigger than the one in 2017. The path is wider and totality will last longer. In some Missouri cities, totality will last more than four minutes. That’s because the Moon will be closer to the Earth than it was in the 2017 solar eclipse.

    This path does not include the St. Louis area, but the daytime darkness is very close by!