How to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 as an amateur astronomer | St. Louis Public Radio

How to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 as an amateur astronomer

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So you’ve never viewed a solar eclipse before? Not surprising, unless you’re a severe umbraphile or were alive 148 years ago. That was the last time a total solar eclipse passed over Missouri on Aug. 7, 1869.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, a week before the total solar eclipse that will pass over the southern parts of the St. Louis region, we discussed how to view the eclipse as an amateur astronomer. What should you be looking for? What kind of experimentation can you do? How can you help your kids experience the eclipse?

We’ll discuss it all with three experts. Joining the program to discuss:

  • Jim Small, President, St. Louis Astronomical Society
  • Don Ficken, Chair, St. Louis Eclipse Task Force
  • Erin Tyree, Program Manager, Challenger Learning Center


We’re also collecting your eclipse plans for our solar eclipse special on Aug. 21. Where are you going, how far will you travel, and what will you do during the eclipse? Leave us a voicemail at 314-329-4937 or email us at

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