4 minutes and 9 seconds of eerie darkness and quiet!

Where will you be for the Niorth American Eclipse?

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YOU WILL NOT SEE TOTALITY FROM VENICE as just 99% of the sun will be covered. The difference between 99% and seeing a total solar eclipse is similar to the difference of seeing your favorite singer on stage from front row center and watching one of their music videos on a smartphone from across a large room. "If you're not in the moon's shadow, you're missing the show," the old saying goes. You don't have to drive far to see totality if you live in the St. Louis metropolitan area, but you do have to drive to "SEE THE SHOW." The closer to the blue line, the longer you see totality. Up to four minutes and nine seconds of totality can be experienced without much effort and it's a once in a lifetime experience you'll never forget. Carlyle, Red Bud and some of Effingham are in the shadow, but totality will only last for seconds. Grab a sandwich while you wait; a fast-food parking lot will work just fine. Just don't be late. Totality begins just before 2 p.m. CDT

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My photo of the Great American Eclipse - August 21, 2017

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A few links for further info
The best website for eclipses: Xavier M. Jubier
The best interactive map: Interactive google map
A less technical website for the 2024 eclipse: Nationaleclipse.com
How to read the "Solar Eclipse Circumstances" Chart: "Solar Eclipse Circumstances"
A comprehensive website on all eclipses: moonblink.info
Eclipse 2024: eclipse2024.org/
Everything about eclipses: eclipsophile.com
The gospel on space weather spaceweather.com
Everything on average April 8 weather in STL region STL regional weather
An indespensable resource: timeanddate.com
For safe viewing: Eclipse glasses



The total solar eclipse "Jackpot" map Compiled
The numbers are the order in which the "Xs" are completed by the occurance of the second path.


The paths of the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017, and the upcoming North American Eclipse
on April 8, 2024 intersect near Carbondale, IL.

X marks the spot where the two paths intersect. Jackson MO was in the path of the 2017 eclipse, too.

This is a closeup of where the two paths intersect in a lake.

This shows exactly where the two paths intersect in a lake.

The closer to the blue line you position yourself, the longer totality lasts.

The weather outlook for the North American Eclipse on April 8.

These planets may become visible during the North American Eclipse on April 8.

The sun will travel nearly 65 degrees across the sky during the 2 hour and 35 minute-eclipse.
(Times and azimuths will vary slightly depending on viewing site)

A more detailed look at the contacts

If you visit Xavier Jubier's interactive map (see link above) and click anywhere on it,
a chart appears with the "Eclipse Circumstances" chart shown above.

This graphic show the world overlayed with every total solar eclipse (dark blue) from 1001 to 2000 A.D.
It illustrates that nearly every place on earth saw at least one total solar eclipse during that millenium.

Eclipse chasers are also on the lookout for sunspots

(Photo by Patrick Foley)

Place your cursor over the photo for arrows pointing out the six sunspots visible at the start of the 2017 Great American Eclipse, 11:09 a.m. to be exact, as seen from Festus, MO. By April of 2024, we will be experiencing significant sunspot activity as July 2025 is predicted to be the time of maximum sunspots. More than 100 sunspots could be seen at one time during the maximum period of the 11-year sunspot cycle. We are currently moving out of a minimum sunspot period that bottomed out in late 2019 and early 2020 with 77% of the days having no sunspots.

Some sun "spots" are rare

(Photo by Patrick Foley)

A smattering of small sunspots are overshadowed by the planet Venus (at the 1:30 o'clock position) as it transits across the face of the sun on June 5, 2012. Transits are rare and only possible by Venus and Mercury as both are within the orbit of the Earth. The next Mercury transit will be in 2032, but U.S. watchers have to wait until 2049. Venus transit watchers will have to wait until 2117!

Know your sunspots - click for larger version

Click HERE to visit spaceweather.com

You MUST USE ECLIPSE GLASSES or optical filters to view Sunspots!!!

A big thanks to Ian Cameron Smith/moonblink.info, Xavier M. Jubier/xjubier.free.fr/en , Jay Anderson/Eclipsophile.com & NASA for elements used on these pages
For educational purposes only