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News Release 198

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 16, 2014 Volume 42-14-198 

Experience the partial solar eclipse at the Missouri State Museum Oct. 23

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri State Museum will host an event for viewing the partial solar eclipse of Thursday, Oct. 23 on the South Lawn of the Capitol. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

An eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun. This only happens when both the Earth’s orbit around the sun and the moon’s orbit around the earth exactly line up. In a partial eclipse, this alignment is not quite perfect, and the moon‘s shadow only covers part of the sun’s disk. On Oct. 23 the eclipse will begin at 4:39 pm with the maximum eclipse occurring at 5:46 pm when the moon covers about 40 percent of the sun’s disk.

In a partial eclipse the sun is not completely blocked, and special precautions must be taken to prevent eye damage when viewing. There will be special eclipse viewers available for approx. 120 people plus some properly filtered telescopes and eclipse activities.

For more information about the event or to make a reservation, contact the museum at 573-751-4127. The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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