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A Total Solar Eclipse is coming to the USA on August 21, 2017.

This is the first total solar eclipse to touch the U.S. mainland since February, 1979 and the first one to cross the U.S. since 1918.  These events are RARE and SPECTACULAR to witness!!

Personally witnessing a total solar eclipse is the most awe-inspiring experience a person can have in their lifetime.  You cannot completely prepare yourself for the sight of a total solar eclipse. When totality arrives, you will experience primal emotions and wonderment at the unspeakable beauty of the Sun's corona and the panoply of colors and light as you've never seen before.  It's a moment that can cause involuntary screams, gasps, or perhaps tears at this astounding vision. It's a moment that seems to last for a lifetime and only an instant, but no one who has ever witnessed it will ever forget it!

But, you've gotta be in the Path of Totality in order to see it.  Because the moon is smaller than the Earth, the Path of Totality is only 66 miles wide and will cross the U.S. from Salem, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina in only 92 minutes!

The Memphis Astronomical Society will be hosting a field trip to the Path of Totality on August 21, 2017.

Perryville Municipal Airport

between Perryville, MO and Chester, IL (Home of Popeye)

Video of Perryville Airport facility and details of their plans for the day

Stay tuned to this website

and make plans to get into the Path of Totality on August 21, 2017!

NEW! - Printable Sky Chart of Planets and Stars you MAY be able to see during totality - Thanks to Dr. William J. Bulser, author of the best selling "An Amateur's Guide to the Messier Objects"

Review possible Traffic conditions here

Driveshed Analysis by Michael Zeiler

Missiouri in General

I-55 and 57 Corridors

Population Buffer 200 miles

Forcast Weather preditions here

Check out our videos eclipse planning videos on YouTube

Ric Honey and Jeremy Veldman attend Eclipse Conference in Cardondale, Illinois
Video #1

Footage and weather in the path of totality on August 21, 2016- 1 year before the Eclipse

Video #2

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IF the weather is predicted to be cloudy at Perryville, most of us will be making plans to get to clear skies, wherever that may be, what ever it may take to get there.

But reliable weather predictions are only good for about 72 hours. That means a last minute scramble. So we will be busy planning and scheming a way to beat fate and see the wonder of totality.

At that point we will be mobile and likely not able to communicate plan changes well. I say all of that to tell you, you’ll be one you on.  I recommend you consider your alternatives before that day. Don't make Perryville you only possible destination. We wish you all good fortune and safe travels.

Be prepared, pay attention to the weather and be mobile!





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