How the Ozarks are preparing for Monday’s total eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Ozarks will be thrown into darkness in the middle of the day. A total solar eclipse will be tracking through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, placing the far eastern parts of the viewing area in the path of totality.

Quick Facts:
What: Solar Eclipse
When: Monday, April 8, 2024.
Where: Everyone in the Ozarks will see a partial eclipse, while the path of totality will be in our eastern part of the area.
Why: The moon will pass between the sun and the earth, plunging parts of North America into darkness.

In Springfield, 97% of the sun will be blocked by the moon around 1:54 p.m. Missouri State will be holding a viewing event from 1-2:30 p.m. at Plaster Stadium. Free viewing glasses will be handed out to the first 1,000 attendees.

Springfield Public Schools , as well as many other schools in the area, have purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses that will be given to students and staff during the event.

The Springfield Botanical Gardens will be hosting a watch party from 12-2 p.m. The Botanical Gardens will set up special viewing on the Great Lawn and Botanical Center roof. Entry is free, and glasses can be purchased for $2.

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