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Event: Total Solar Eclipse at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex

Date: Monday, 8-21-2017 at 10:00 AM to Monday, 8-21-2017 at 3:00 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. 

The Sportsplex parking lot will be filled first, then the last 3 rows at the Elks Club (Downtown Trolley will shuttle folks from Elks to Sportsplex front door), followed by both sides of two lane street on south of Sportsplex that runs parallel to I-55.

Please bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and everything you need to be comfortable on a hot August day in the sun, like bug spray, sunscreen, water, etc.

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.  

Other area viewing parties: 

Houck Field at Southeast Missouri State University, 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.
920 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO
Free and open to the public
Join more than 4,000 K-12 students, SEMO students, faculty and staff for telescope viewing, free eclipse glasses, atmospheric balloon inflation a balloon launch and more.

River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
518 South Fountain St.
Free and open to the public
Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and settle in for a full morning of performances and events by SEMO’s theatre and dance students building up to totality at 1:20 p.m. Feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.

Eclipse Viewing Party at Keller's® at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, 12 - 4 p.m.
Enjoy an appetizer buffet for just $10 during the viewing, and all the hospitality of Keller's.

Overflow locations when the Sportsplex fills up:
Osage Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway
Cape County Parks North and South, 2400 County Park Dr.
Arena Park, 410 Kiwanis Dr.
Shawnee Sports Complex, 1157 S. West End Blvd.

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. Here's how you can make a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse

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