April 18, 2017

The next total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States occurs August 21, 2017. It’s likely to be the most-viewed ever, so the time to start planning where you will be on that date is now. In St. Joseph, the 5th largest city along the path, you will experience just over 2 minutes and 38.6 seconds of totality, only 1.4 seconds short of the maximum time possible along the path.

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Truth is, the best location to view the eclipse is anywhere in St. Joseph, which will be prime viewing for this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

City-Approved Eclipse Viewing Locations:
(include restroom facilities, indoor facilities, events and activities, and a close proximity to dining options)

Special programming will be held at: (Events listed here)

Camping Opportunities:

The Buchanan County Tourism Board/St Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau makes no representations, warranties, (Photo by Patrick P. Evenson)or assurances as to the accuracy, costs or completeness of the camping sites listed here on this website or any sites linked to this site.
Rosecrans Airport: Camping tickets and parking passes 
Heritage Park Softball Complex: Camping tickets
PJs Fireworks Camping
Old Mac Donalds Farm
Meril Camping

Other locations around St. Joseph in the path of totality:

Doniphan County, KS – Facebook 

This will be the first such event to cross our entire country in almost 100 years. Great weather should abound along the path. The dark part of the Moon’s shadow first touches land in Oregon, crosses 11 more states, and ends in South Carolina before heading into the Atlantic Ocean.

Thinking, “Eh, I might just wait for the next total solar eclipse to occur in St. Joseph?” Think again!credit-rainbow-symphony-04

For both Missouri and St. Joseph, the last total solar eclipse to touch each occurred June 16, 1806, at the future site of Rosecrans Memorial Airport, and totality lasted 3 minutes and 4 seconds.

And, just in case you want to look forward to the next total solar eclipse in St. Joseph, Michael E. Bakich posted a blog about that: (PS, it won’t happen for another 189 years.) www.stjosepheclipse.com.

More information on the Great American Eclipse.

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  • The eclipse begins at 11:40:34 a.m. with the Sun 54.1º high in the southeast.
  • The total eclipse starts at 1:06:19 p.m. when the Sun is 61.9º high in the south.
  • Maximum eclipse occurs at 1:07:38 p.m. when the Sun is 61.9º high in the south.
  • The end of totality is at 1:08:57 p.m. with the Sun 61.9º high in the south.
  • The eclipse ends at 2:34:27 p.m. when the Sun is 57.9º high in the southwest.map_missouri3Photo above courtesy NationalEclipse.com.

Other notes:

  • The duration of totality is 2 minutes 38.6 seconds
  • The width of the Moon’s shadow is 70.15 miles (112.9 kilometers).
  • The shadow’s speed is 1,584 mph (0.708 km/sec), twice the speed of sound.

Best weather for experiencing the eclipse:

  • Average temperature: 85 degrees high / 64 degrees low.
  • In St. Joseph on August 21, the sky is typically clear around the hours of the eclipse (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and rarely overcast. Records show that, since 1995, it has been overcast during that time period only once.


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