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Your Guide to the Eclipse in Cape Girardeau

You've heard everyone talking about it and might have wondered what all the fuss is about, so we've collected all of the eclipse info and events centered around this celestial event in Cape Girardeau! 

Cape Girardeau will experience about 1 minute and 48 seconds under the Moon's shadow in this once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday, August 21, 2017. 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. 

Get a sneak peek of the eclipse at Discovery Playhouse; their Planetarium offers shows of this event Saturdays at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 and Sundays at 2:30.  

The Cape Sportsplex is the site of a community wide viewing party, with free t-shirts commemorating this celestial event for the first 200 attendees, and glasses on hand for the first 1,500.  Food trucks (Melting Co and 2 Sides BBQ!) will be on hand and you'll have a chance to take in this incredible event surrounded by family and friends in a fun, festive atmosphere.  It's free, and we hope to see you there!

Watch with your four-legged friend at Mississippi Mutts on  Monday the 21st, where they'll have homemade moon pies to munch on (for humans) and lots of treats for your pup. Cup 'n Cork will have a special lunch that day that come with free eclipse glasses, and Annie Laurie's is hosting a little yard party with all of our friends to watch the eclipse with free light refreshments (sweet tea and moonpies!), and solar eclipse spectacles available for purchase. 

Southeast Missouri State University has a packed schedule of eclipse oriented events, including a Solar Eclipse keynote from Dr. Michio Kaku plus viewing events at Houck Stadium and the River Campus and more; get the full run down here

If you're traveling and need a place to stay, most of Cape Girardeau's hotels are booked up; as of last week, the Auburn Place Hotel and Drury Suites as well as Cape Camping and RV still had some availability, but we encourage you to book quickly! 

Above all, make sure you can safely enjoy the total solar eclipse; NASA has excellent safety information available here

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