Sky watchers are gearing up for next August's total eclipse of the sun, something which has not happened since 1918. Most of us will see a partial eclipse on August 21, 2017 but those who live along the line the sun will travel will get to see or experience all of it. There are places in this country which are planning to make their area a tourist destination for those who want to be part of the darkness. Hotels have already been booked most likely by people who do not live in the eclipse part of the country.
Luckily for us in St. Louis, we are along the sun's path and will see the total eclipse. Here is one rather over the top description of this coming experience. "Millions of Americans will be in easy driving distance of a spectacle that has been called indescribable, unforgettable, even life-altering."
I mean, seriously? it should be fascinating, but life-altering?
The sun will disappear for about 2½ minutes, beginning in Oregon about 10:15 a.m. local time; the phenomenon will move eastward, ending an hour and a half later in South Carolina. In between, the eclipse will be visible from Grand Teton and the Great Smoky Mountains national parks, from St. Louis and Kansas City and Charleston, S.C., and all points in between.