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Solar Eclipse Experience

Jefferson College will host a solar eclipse viewing event and a variety of family-friendly educational activities on Monday, August 21, at the Hillsboro campus. The campus will open at 8 a.m. and themed events will begin at 9 a.m.

A phenomenal natural wonder will take place—a total eclipse of the sun, which turns daytime into night while the sun’s corona still blazes in the sky. Jefferson College is a prime viewing location due to the 2 minutes 38 seconds of totality the area will experience beginning at 1:16 p.m. in its position along the eclipse pathway. 

The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the greater St. Louis area was 1442 and the next one in our region won’t occur until 2505.

There will be a parking fee of $5 (cash only) per vehicle entering the campus on a first-come, first available space basis. Concessions, drinks, refreshments, viewing glasses, and t-shirts and other souvenir items will be available for purchase.

Due to the number of anticipated eclipse visitors at Hillsboro, classes at all locations that day will not physically meet from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and alternative instruction (via Blackboard or other options identified by the instructor) is to be provided during that time period. 

Everyone Welcome - Campus Opens at 8 a.m. - Activities Begin at 9 a.m. - Parking Fee of $5 (Cash Only)

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers (subject to random checks). No alcohol is allowed on campus. Jefferson College is also smoke-free and tobacco-free, including e-cigarettes.

Solar Eclipse Events and Activities for All Ages​

  • Educational Demonstrations
  • Kids Zone – Games, Petting Zoo
  • Guest Speakers and Topical Presentations
  • Arts/Entertainment
  • Telescope Viewing Stations
  • Pinhole Camera Making
  • Citizen Science
  • Balloon Launch
  • Cosmic Ray Detecting
  • Live Streaming Video from NASA
  • Eclipse and Solar System Scale Models
  • Indoor Swimming Pool (fee charged)
  • Cooling Stations


Additional Links:

Eclipse Lib Guide

St Louis Eclipse 2017

Eclipse 2017 NASA

American Astronomical Society