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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

August 4, 2017

View Solar Eclipse at Springfield Botanical Gardens Aug 21;
Remember to Take Precautions During this Rare Event

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible in Missouri when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

All of Missouri will see the moon cover at least 90 percent of the sun at the peak of the eclipse. Those within a 70-mile-wide path stretching from northwestern to southeastern Missouri will see a total eclipse.

To view live streaming, and find scheduled events, logistical tips, videos and lots more information about this rare event, visit

In Missouri, the moon will begin its transit across the sun shortly after 11:30 a.m. Totality will occur after 1 p.m. Exact times and durations depend on your location in the state available on an interactive map that can be accessed online at


Free "Solar Eclipse Viewing Party" is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Aug 21 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase (while supplies last), and pinhole projectors will be available at the roof plaza.

Nature observation stations will be located at the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and at the Purple Martin House near the Hosta Garden.

Concessions will be available, and there will be live streaming of the eclipse from NASA inside the meeting room at the Botanical Center.

For more information contact the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515.


Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during totality when the moon entirely blocks the sun. To view the partially-eclipsed sun, you must wear safety glasses. The glasses filter out 100 percent of harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and 99.9999 percent of intense visible light.

Safety tips, as well as a video about precautions to take when viewing an eclipse, can be found online at


For media outlets doing stories, the University of Missouri offers the following scholars with various expertise on the significance of the event.

Eric Aldrich is a technology resource coordinator and adjunct instructor in meteorology in the MU School of Natural Resources. A former meteorologist with KOMU-TV, Aldrich will be collaborating with NASA to conduct a live broadcast during the eclipse where he will interview Janet Kavandi, a former astronaut, graduate of Missouri University Science and Technology and director of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Frederick Fraunfelder is director of ophthalmology at University of Missouri Health Care and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the MU School of Medicine. Fraunfelder is an expert in corneal disease, ocular oncology, and laser surgery.

Mannie Liscum is a professor of biological sciences at MU's Bond Life Sciences Center. Liscum researches phototropism, or the study of how plants respond to light. His research focuses on how plants alter growth and development in response to environmental changes.

Angela Speck is professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy in the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Speck is an internationally respected authority on "stardust." Speck works to promote public understanding and appreciation of science and its place in society.

Bethany Stone is a teaching professor in the MU Division of Biological Sciences. Her teaching interests include introducing non-science majors and the public to the importance of science in our daily lives. Stone will discuss experiments she and her team are setting up to study plant responses to the eclipse.

Jeff Wood is an assistant research professor of biometeorology in the MU School of Natural Resources. Wood and his team received a grant to observe the eclipse's effects on atmospheric pressure, wind, and meteorological anomalies.

If interested in interviewing these or other Mizzou experts, contact Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346 or

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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