Greetings from the Saint Louis Science Center in Forest Park! It’s Peter from Show•Me Adventure Kids, and I’m here to talk with you about something really big happening next week: the Great Solar Eclipse!
If you need to be reminded what a solar eclipse is (like you haven’t heard that enough lately – Missouri has gone eclipse crazy), what’s happening on Aug. 21 is the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, making it feel like night during the afternoon.
Dr. Angela Speck, an astrophysicist with the University of Missouri-Columbia, is an eclipse expert, and she says the eclipse’s path across the U.S. will being it across Missouri when the sun will be near it’s highest point. You can see the sun start to go dark around 11: 45 a.m., and then totality will begin around 1:15 p.m. Most of us will see just a couple minutes totality (or near totality), but if it’s a clear day, everybody’s going to see quite a show.
But remember, you have to wear special eclipse glasses to look at the sun during this event or you’ll do permanent damage to your eyes, so take care. Make sure your parents check that the glasses are “ISO approved” and have the right protection for you.
What? Don’t have glasses, you say? Not to worry, here’s a tip to safely view the eclipse without glasses. http://dnr.mo.gov/education/documents/AAS-Solar-Eclipse-Safety.pdf
So why am I hanging out at the Science Center? Well, it’s a cool place to visit any time, but this weekend, Aug. 19–21, it’s going to be the place to be in St. Louis. Now, the city isn’t directly in the path of totality, which means the moon will cover 100 percent of the sun, but it’s going to get very dark. And the Science Center has lots of fun events planned for you and your family, so check it out! Get the scoop at slsc.org
There’s plenty of activities around Missouri leading up to Aug. 21 and the eclipse. https://www.visitmo.com/missouri-travel/watch-the-2017-eclipse-in-missouri.aspx
If you’re going to be home Monday for the big event, here’s an idea for a tasty drink to sip while watching the sun go dark. Try this Sunshine Punch. http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/sunshine-punch-55646.aspx
It’s all just too cool, and something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time all of the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
So have fun, everybody, and remember to be safe while watching this awesome event.
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