On Monday, August 21, 2017, the St. Louis region will experience its first total solar eclipse in over 400 years. As the moon’s shadow passes over the earth, only a relatively narrow pathway across the nation will have the opportunity to view this once-in-a-lifetime event.   

Due to the angle of the eclipse, only the southern half of St. Louis will experience the total solar eclipse. The northern half of the County will only see a partial eclipse. Because of this, thousands of people will be heading south that day to see this amazing event. St. Louis County’s Jefferson Barracks Park will be hosting an eclipse viewing event on this date. 

At the park, the moon’s shadow begins its pass over the sun at 11:49 a.m. and the total eclipse phase will be from 1:17 p.m. – 1:19 .pm. Eye protection, in the form of specialized eclipse glasses will be required for safe viewing of the sun - looking at the sun directly, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage.

The event at Jefferson Barracks will be free and open to the public. VIP tickets are sold out.

Program Timeline:
9:00 am Gates Open for parking
10:45 am Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
11:00 am USPS will unveil a new stamp dedicated to the eclipse (more info here
11:49 am Moon begins crossing the Sun
12:45 pm Admittance into the park will cease to ensure everyone in the park can experience the eclipse
12:50 pm Sun is more than half covered
1:17:34 pm Totality begins
1:18:20 pm Maximum totality
1:19:07 pm Totality ends
1:30 pm Roads will reopen
1:45 pm Sun is more than half covered
2:44 pm Moon finishes eclipsing the Sun

Food Trucks:
Curbside Cookery
Pi Pizzeria
Frosty Treats
Edg-Clif Winery
Backyard BBQ
Ney York Tom's
Scoops & More

Jefferson Barracks Museums
While you are waiting for this exciting event to happen, stop by the Old Ordnance Room to check out their new interactive exhibit entitled,  Over Here: World War I from Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis & Missouri,” 

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and is free of charge (donations are appreciated!)


Eye Safety

A total solar eclipse is coming to St. Louis – the first one in centuries!  But we want this event to be exciting and memorable, and not let anyone get hurt.  The most important thing to remember is eye safety.

  • NEVER, EVER look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse. The retina in your eye does not have pain receptors, so you cannot feel the damage you are doing to your eye. Looking directly at the sun can cause severe damage to your sight, or even blindness.
  • When the sun is in the total eclipse phase (approximately 1min 30sec, depending on your location in the County), then it is safe to view the eclipse without eye protection.  In fact, when the total eclipse phase is occurring, the best way to view it is with the naked eye.
  • Sunglasses DO NOT provide enough protection to your eyes. You MUST use special eclipse glasses to safely view this event.
  • Other items that DO NOT provide safe viewing include: binoculars, cameras without special eclipse filters, telescopes without special eclipse filters, camera film, smoked glass, X-ray film, CDs. Please always use eclipse glasses and stay safe at all times.
St. Louis County Parks is selling eclipse glasses for only $1.00 each! These are available for purchase at the following locations: ***We have sold out of all of our eclipse glasses and will not be receiving another shipment.
- Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park
- Affton Community Center
- The Pavilion at Lemay in Jefferson Barracks Park
- Kennedy Recreation Complex near Suson Park
- St. Vincent Community Center in St. Vincent Park
- North County Recreation Complex in Veterans Memorial Park

 
You can also make a pinhole viewer to safely see the eclipse.  Visit these websites to learn more:

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html
http://www.livescience.com/33906-solar-eclipse-viewer.html
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html

FAQs

When is this eclipse visible from St. Louis?
The eclipse will take place on Monday August 21, 2017. The partial phase will begin at in the late morning at 11:52am. Totality will last from 1:16-1:19pm. The eclipse will end at 2:44pm.
All Missourians should be encouraged to go outside during lunchtime and observe the eclipse.

Where is the best place to observe the eclipse?
A partial eclipse will be visible over the entire United States, more than 500 million people in the US, Canada and Mexico will have a chance to see it! However, the real spectacle will be the total eclipse which will be visible in a 110km wide path running from Oregon to South Carolina. The path will cut across Missouri from St. Joseph in the west to Ste. Genevieve in the east. 57 of Missouri’s 105 largest cities lie in the path of totality. More than 2 million Missourians live in this path! 24 of Missouri’s 53 largest Colleges and Universities are in the path with a student population of more than 130,000 students. See the following NASA website for more information.

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2017Aug21T.GIF

Can I safely view the eclipse?
During the total eclipse phase, the Sun is safe to observe with the unaided eye. In fact, the overall brightness of the Sun is expected to decrease to that of a Full Moon. The sky will darken like nightfall and bright stars and planets may be visible for the 2 minutes of totality!  During the partial eclipse phase, safe methods for viewing the Sun must be used. These methods are described on the internet and found in books at your local library. Safe methods include:  special “eclipse glasses”; and pin-hole projection. UNSAFE methods include: Sunglasses; Mylar Balloons or Food Wrappers; Smoked Glass; X-Ray Film; Film Negatives; and CDs.  See the following NASA Website for more safety information.

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety2.html

Can I safely photograph the eclipse?

Still or video photography can be an enjoyable way to document the eclipse. Don’t forget to capture audio as the crowd oohs and aahs.  Protect your camera the same as your eyes, use only special “solar filters” when photographing the Sun. Photography guidebooks can be found at your local library, camera shop, or on-line.

Click here to read more fun facts about the upcoming total solar eclipse!


View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 12/8/17 1:25 p.m.)

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

* Unger Park roads are open to Riverside trail parking lot, Riverside trail remains closed beyond this parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.