On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will have a solar eclipse.
The Moon will cover at least part of the Sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The Moon will completely block the Sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the Sun’s shimmering outer atmosphere, or corona.
*Note: most of the hotels in the area are already booked. For more information, please call the establishment rather than relying on information found online.
A Touch of Claas Bed & Breakfast
807 Main street
Black Oaks Community and RV Park
1338 Ashley Road
2427 Mid-America Industrial Drive (I-70 Exit 101)
2401 Pioneer Street (I-70 Exit 103)
High Street Victorian Bed & Breakfast
519 East High Street
Holiday Inn Express
2419 Mid-America Industrial Drive (I-70 Exit 101)
501 High Street (corner of High and Main streets)
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
100 Isle of Capri Boulevard
I-70 and Highway B (I-70 Exit 103)
Super 8 Motel
Camping within the city limits will be available at Kemper Park on Third Street and RV parking along 2nd Street. For more information or to reserve your camping spot, please contact the Boonville Visitor’s Center at (660) 882-3967 or email@example.com.
Camping outside the city limits is available at two spots within easy driving distance of downtown Boonville.
1) Brady Showgrounds, 24289 Highway 179, Boonville, MO 65233. There are full hook-ups and tent camping spots available. To make reservations, please call Gene Jefferies (636) 359-5896.
2) Cooper County Youth Fairgrounds, 16899 Dunkles Dr Boonville, MO 65233. There are electrical hook ups ($120) and tent camping ($75) available. There will be a 3 night minimum and spots will be first come first serve. For more information, please call the Cooper County Youth Fair at (660) 882-2156.
Official viewing areas are being designated around town to help ease congestion of traffic flow during this eclipse. At this point in time, the viewing areas include:
- Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport, 20044 Pearre Lane (I-70 Exit 106)
- Kemper Park, Third Street
The Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Boonville are working to provide activities leading up to the actual eclipse. These activities are in the works and more information about them will be forthcoming as the details are confirmed.
- A block party at the Depot District (First Street)
- Events will include, but not limited to:
- Miniature golf
- Painting class hosted by The Easy Easel
- Car Museum
- Starlite Kruisers Car Club Cruise In
- Golf tournament at Hail Ridge Golf Course
for more informaiton or to register to play, please call (660) 882-2223
- Bike ride along the KATY trail
- BBQ at State Fair Community College
Solar Eclipse T-shirts:
The Chamber of Commerce will have commemorative shirts available. T-shirts can be purchased online or by stopping by the Chamber office, 320 First Street, or by calling us at 660-882-2721.
- The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters (“eclipse glasses” or handheld viewers) that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products.
- Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.
Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
- Never look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.
- A solar filter must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, or camera lens.
- If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience the splendor of totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
- Outside the path of totality, you must always use safe solar filters to view the Sun directly.
- Glasses will be available for purchase at various locations around town, starting well before the event. A list of participating businesses will be available closer to the date.
We are pleased to announce that through the generosity of the Robert D and Jessie L Stinnett Trust, we are able to supple ALL of the school aged children in Boonville with the glasses that they will need to safely view this event.
For more information regarding the solar eclipse, please visit the American Astronomical Society’s website, http://eclipse.aas.org.