Info for St. Jo Residents & Businesses – Eclipse Car Travel Kit – Safety Viewing Tips – Health and Safety Tips – Business Preparedness Tips – Missouri Division of Transportation Tips – Solar Glasses Alert (don’t be fooled by unsafe glasses) – Personal Safety in an Eclipse Crowd – Food Safety Tips – Eclipse Final Reminders
- Missouri Division of Transportation Eclipse navigation site
- Special Events planned for eclipse weekend and day of eclipse
- Map of St. Joseph with Eclipse event locations
- View or print PDF of 2017 Eclipse guide
The 2017 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.
- HOTEL LODGING – (scroll down the page for camping and other lodging opportunities.)
Please call local hotels directly at the 816 local number. They may have cancellations between now and the eclipse.
- Total Solar Eclipse Information Sheet (facts and eclipse-related events) – download PDF
- Request 2017 Solar Eclipse Guide
- Events planned during eclipse weekend and day
- Family-friendly fun viewing activities
- Things to Do and Entertainment Options
- Directions to St. Joseph – google maps
- General Calendar of Events
Looking to purchase Solar Eclipse T-Shirts or Solar Eclipse Posters? All inventory is now only available via walk-in purchases to 109 S 4th Street or 502 N Woodbine.
Solar Glasses are no longer available.
WHERE TO WATCH?
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)
- Rosecrans Memorial Airport (primary watch location) – TICKETS SOLD OUT
- Event Details Here (Michael Bakich, Front Page Science/Astronomy Magazine, host)
- East Hills Shopping Center (primary watch location)
- Trails West! Festival at Civic Center Park (primary watch location)
- Remington Nature Center – Riverfront area (primary watch location)
- Tipple Hill Winery and Vinyard (watch location)
- Speedy’s Convenient Store Lot (watch location)
- St. Joseph Harley Davidson (watch location)
- Grace Evangelical Church (watch location)
Special programming will be held at: (Events listed here)
- Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
- Missouri Western State University
- Mount Mora Cemetery
- Pony Express National Museum
- St. Joseph Museum/Wyeth-Tootle Museum
- St. Joseph Public Library
- Rolling Hills Library
Camping and other lodging opportunities:
The Buchanan County Tourism Board/St Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau makes no representations, warranties, 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.
Camping Preparedness Tips
Rosecrans Airport: Camping tickets and parking passes
PJs Fireworks Camping
Old Mac Donalds Farm
St. Joe Barnstormers Landing Strip
Backwoods Venue 222
Community Missions Campsite
Deer Park Grace United Methodist Church
Whistle Creek Preserve
Other locations around St. Joseph in the path of totality:
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!
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.
DETAILS ON THE TIMELINE FOR ST. JOSEPH
- 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.Photo above courtesy NationalEclipse.com.
- 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.
Official Radio Station of the 2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IN ST. JOSEPH! www.solareclipsecentral.com
Looking to purchase Solar Eclipse T-Shirts or Solar Eclipse Posters? All inventory is now only available via walk-in purchases. Solar glasses no longer available.
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