Solar Eclipse

Missouri State University

Two Drury University professors on the front lines of this week’s total solar eclipse hope their cosmic experience positively impacts the community.

Dr. Bruce Callen and Dr. Greg Ojakangas, professors in Drury’s Physics Department, studied the eclipse for the National Solar Observatory (NSO). It was a part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment, or Citizen CATE.

Michele Skalicky

KSMU's Michele Skalicky traveled to the path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse. She shares her experience.

Monday morning, three hours before the start of the solar eclipse, my family and I dragged chairs and a cooler to a sunny spot overlooking Winegar Lake at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Scrivner Road Conservation Area near Russellville in Cole County.  It was a long, hot wait to see the solar eclipse in the band of totality.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The total solar eclipse that passed through a section of Missouri Monday “couldn’t have been better” if you watched from the central part of the state.

That’s according to KSMU’s Michele Skalicky, who observed the celestial event from Scrivner Road State Wildlife Area in Cole County, about 30 minutes southwest of Jefferson City.

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Lots of people will try to take the perfect shot of Monday’s solar eclipse.  While you should make sure your eyes are protected if you look up to view the eclipse, you should also protect your camera lenses.

Randy Smith, store manager at Bedford Camera & Video in Springfield, said pointing your camera at the sun can cause significant and expensive damage.

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The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host Insect-O-Rama tonight (8/18) from 6:30 to 9:30.  It’s an annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature.  No registration required.  For details, 888-4237.

The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend with “The Jungle Book,” 2016, tonight (8/18) and “North by Northwest” and the SATO48 film, “Schrodinger’s Cat,” tomorrow night (8/19) at dusk.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.