In the middle of October, you'll have a chance to see what should be a spectacular if only partial eclipse over both Missouri and Illinois. Here are details of how much we'll be able to see and how to see it.

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NASA has shared details of the annular eclipse of the sun which will happen on Saturday, October 14, 2023. It will begin in Missouri and Illinois at 10:23 am that Saturday morning. It will continue for 3 hours and should be over done for our area by 1:23 pm. Great American Eclipse created an amazing map showing the percentages of the event that each part of America will be able to witness.

Infographic, Great American Eclipse
Infographic, Great American Eclipse

As you can see by their graphic, approximately 53% of the annular eclipse will be visible over Missouri and Illinois. While not the epic complete totality that will be visible from Oregon through parts of Texas, that will still be a showstopper of a sky event.

What is an annular solar eclipse?

NASA defines it for you:

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but when it is at or near its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the Sun.

Once October 14 is passed, the next big event will be the April 8, 2024 total eclipse that will pass directly over parts of Missouri and Illinois. Save the date for that epic moment, too.

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