Event: Total Solar Eclipse in Cape Girardeau

Date: Monday, 8-21-2017 at 10:00 AM to Monday, 8-21-2017 at 2:00 PM

Location: Cape Sports Plex

Cost: Free

Contact: 573-335-1631


Watch the first total solar eclipse visible in Cape Girardeau since 1257 on Monday, August 21, 2017 from the Cape Sportsplex!  We'll have free t-shirts commemorating this celestial event for the first 200 attendees, and glasses on hand for the first 1,000.  Food trucks will be on hand (2 Sides Grillin', the Melting Co and Andy's Sweet Tooth) and you'll have a chance to take in this incredible event surrounded by family and friends in a fun, festive atmosphere.  

Cape Girardeau will experience about 1 minute and 48 seconds under the Moon's shadow in this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The edge of the moon will start to overlap the edge of the sun at 11:52 a.m., and the sun will be completely covered by the moon, called totality, at 1:20 p.m.  The moon will stop covering the sun and the eclipse ends at 2:49 p.m.  SEMO created this handy graphic that illustrates what the eclipse will look like in Cape Girardeau:

Discovery Playhouse has a Planetarium where you can get a sneak peek of August's events and watch the eclipse happen! Showtimes are Saturdays at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 and Sundays at 2:30.  

Please enjoy the eclipse safely! Looking directly at the sun is UNSAFE (with the exception of totality). The only safe way to view most of the total solar eclipse is to have eclipse glasses, and the first 2,000 will receive free eclipse glasses at the Sportsplex! Learn more about how you can safely enjoy this celestial event here

Learn more about this total solar eclipse at the following websites:

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