The last time we witnessed a total solar eclipse in our area was back on August 21, 2017. It was a major event for not only our area but also all across Missouri and 12 other states.

There were solar eclipse viewing parties, people were taking off work to spend time with friends and/or family during this event, and the protective glasses were getting hard to find.

The total solar eclipse of 2017 was special because it stretched all across North America. It stretched from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It included the states of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. All of these were in the direct path of the sky event  Those outside the path of the total solar eclipse were at least able to see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covered part of the sun's disk.

April 8, 2024 will mark the next eclipse of the Sun that will be visible in the United States. According to a story on, the path of the next eclipse won't be as visible as the one in 2017 but depending on where you're located, you can still get a great view of it.

A Facebook post by the Gateway Arch National Park says in St. Louis, the sun will be 98.8% covered at exactly 2:00 p.m. Nearby towns like Poplar Bluff, Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, and Red Bud will be in its path.

The story goes on to say, "The path of the eclipse will run from southwest to northeast and include cities like Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Buffalo."

You can see a picture of the map that shows the area across the United States where the eclipse will be more visible at

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