Solar Eclipse

During the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, spectators will turn their eyes upward to see the moon pass in front of the sun.

But many Midwest scientists will turn their eyes and cameras to the plants and animals here on the ground. And they're not sure what will happen.

Missouri State University

Next week’s total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Missouri is generating lots of excitement, as well as unique challenges for safety officials.

“Missouri is expecting anywhere between 300,000 and 1.2 million out of state guests. MoDOT has been working with a state-wide coalition of departments to prepare for this influx of people,” says Matt Hiebert, assistant communications director with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

David Baron

David Baron, former NPR environment correspondent and science reporter for WBUR in Boston, has written a new book.  American Eclipse focuses on the total solar eclipse of 1878 and how it impacted America.  Baron has traveled around the world to witness five total solar eclipses.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky sat down with Baron to talk about his new book and about the August 21 total solar eclipse that will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

Baron spoke Monday night at the Library Center.

Riyaz Ahamed / Creative Commons

Thursday marks the final partial solar eclipse of 2014.  As KSMU’s Simone Cook reports, solar eclipses of any kind in this area are considered to be rare and can be quite a treat for any space enthusiast. 

Dr. Michael Reed is professor of astronomy at Missouri State University.