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Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017

Jefferson City Capital Eclipse Celebration

For the first time since 1869, Missourians will experience a total solar eclipse where the sun's brilliant disk is fully covered by the moon. The sky will turn dark and the brightest planets and stars will become visible. Animals become quiet, birds roost, and the temperature drops noticeably. This astronomical event will be celebrated with a host of activities in Jefferson City beginning Saturday, August 19, 2017 and ending with a viewing party on Monday, August 21. Totality will occur near solar noon on Monday at 1:14:19 pm CDT and last approximately two minutes and 29 seconds. The Capital Eclipse Celebration will include three days of great entertainment, art and astronomy. Accommodations include hotels or camping at ground zero.

NASA Television will be broadcasting the total solar eclipse live from Jefferson City on Monday, August 21 accompanied by Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space with 535 earth orbits. NASA will also be bringing with them the Journey to Tomorrow traveling NASA exhibit which will be open to the public that Sunday and Monday. 

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, August 19
Camping at Ground Zero 
Hotter N Hell 5k Fun Run 9:00 am
Mini Carnival 11am-9pm
Eclipse Crop Circle Corn Maze 
Downtown Jefferson City Street Party 6-9 pm
Sunday, August 20
Scholastic Education Series/Jounrey to Tomorrow Exhibit on the Capitol Lawn 1-5 pm
Missouri River Regional Library Solar Eclipse Activities 1-5 pm
Mini Carnival 11am-9pm
Eclipse Crop Circle Corn Maze 
Total Eclipse of the Park Experience at Riverside Park 10 am-8 pm
Dark Side of the Moon Concert on the Capitol Lawn 8-10 pm
Monday, August 21
Total Eclipse of the Katy Bike Ride 9:30 am
Scholastic Education Series/Jounrey to Tomorrow Exhibit on the Capitol Lawn 10 am-2 pm
Skywatching & Entertainment on the Capitol Lawn 10 am-2 pm
Eclipse Village Festival in North Jefferson City 10 am-2 pm
Eastside Business Association Viewing & BBQ 10 am-2 pm
Mini Carnival 11am-9pm
Eclipse Crop Circle Corn Maze 


Time: Event times vary, Total Eclipse Viewing 8/21 at approx. 1:15 pm CDT

Location: Various locations throughout Jefferson City

Cost: Free; Safety Glasses $2 per pair

Contact: A tentative schedule of events as well as additional eclipse information, including lodging, can be found on the Capital Eclipse website, or you can check the Capital Eclipse Facebook page for updates. If you are interested in contributing ideas, resources or talents for the festival, please email info@capitaleclipse.org 

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