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Join your fellow colleagues to witness a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on the Havener Center lawn Monday, Aug. 21. The university will welcome campus and community members to observe the event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. outside Havener. The maximum eclipse, with 99.8 percent of the sun obscured, is expected to begin at 1:15 p.m.
Why is this dubbed a once-in-a-lifetime sighting? The last total solar eclipse in Missouri was in 1869, almost 150 years ago.
Missouri S&T will remain open throughout the day and evening of Aug. 21, and classes will be held as regularly scheduled. Faculty are asked to consider being flexible in their class and office activities to allow students to experience the eclipse. Staff members wishing to view the eclipse may want to take a late lunch or break to do so, or use vacation or personal time, with supervisor permission, if they want to participate in additional activities scheduled around the eclipse.
To protect your eyes during the eclipse, the S&T Store has a limited number of eclipse glasses for sale, as does the S&T Astronomical Research Society (STARS), a student organization. A limited supply of eclipse glasses will also be available the day of the eclipse at Havener Center. Learn more at eclipse.mst.edu.