TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
In 2024, Missourians will once again have an opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse, and West Plains is in the path of totality!
April 8, 2024 is the last total solar eclipse (TSE) in Missouri until the year 2505. West Plains will experience 3:01 (min:sec) of totality.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, Missourians experienced a total solar eclipse with a 70-mile shadow of totality stretching from St. Joseph in the Northeast to Cape Girardeau in the Southeast. The maximum duration of totality in Missouri in 2017 was around 2 minutes 30 seconds. The previous total solar eclipse in Missouri was in the year 1442.
In 2024, Missourians will once again have an opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse. Missouri will be the first state along the path of the 2024 eclipse that was also in the path of the 2017 eclipse. The 2017 TSE was the first to touch the “lower 48” since 1979 and the first to span the U.S. from coast to coast since 1918. The April 8, 2024 TSE will cross Mexico, sweep northeast from Texas to Maine, and then darken the Canadian maritimes.
West Plains is excited to be in the TSE path! Check back for more information on TSE events!