Official City of Festus Eclipse Site


Eclipse '79 t-shirt. Photo credit: Paul S. Markovitz, Ph.D.A Day's Night

by Paul S. Markovitz, Ph.D.

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse really is a big deal. Our family experienced the last one in the US on February 26, 1979 in Bozeman, MT (Big Sky Country). Read more. . .

Cereal Box Pinhole Viewers

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Check out the calendar for a pinhole viewer activity at the Festus Library!


Chasing Transits

by Rich Fefferman

Many people have seen a PARTIAL eclipse, where you can make pinhole viewers and see the "bite" taken out of the Sun.  MUCH rarer is a total eclipse, where the alignment of Sun, Moon, and Earth is exactly perfect, and is visible over a just a small area.  During an eclipse, for an hour or more, things proceed just like a partial one.  Read more. . . 


National Eclipse.com


Eclipse Path Visualization


Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

"When depicting an eclipse path, data visualizers have usually chosen to represent the moon's shadow as an oval. By bringing in a variety of NASA data sets, visualizer Ernie Wright has created a new and more accurate representation of the eclipse. For the first time, we are able to see that the moon's shadow is better represented as a polygon. This more complicated shape is based NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's view of the mountains and valleys that form the moon's jagged edge. By combining moon's terrain, heights of land forms on Earth, and the angle of the sun, Wright is able to show the eclipse path with the greatest accuracy to date."

Book Recommendations from the Festus Public Library


In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

by Anthony Aveni


Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

by Michael E. Bakich


American Eclipse:

A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron


The Astronomy Bible

The Definitive Guide to the Night Sky and the Universe by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest


The Solar Eclipse of 2017:

Where and How to Best View It by Wolfgang Held


The Sun:

Our Local Star by David Jefferis


Stargazing Basics:

Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy by Paul E. Kinzer


Sun and Moon

by Rosalind Mist


Sun Moon Earth:

The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren


The Book of the Eclipse

by David Ovason


Find the Constellations

by H. A. Rey

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