2017 Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

With the unique opportunity of having a prime viewing path for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Missouri Western and the St. Joseph community are hosting a variety of events open to the public.

Aug. 7 – Sept. 15

SOLAR, an exhibition of artwork that integrates the sun as an element of imagery and process. Potter Art Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closing Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

For Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, Missouri Western has planned:

Guest Speakers. We will host a guest speaker program with four experts at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Potter Hall Theater:

See Michael Bakich’s site detailing the eclipse.

If you miss the presentation, a recording of the guest speakers will be posted here at 10 p.m. Aug. 20.

Walter Cronkite Memorial. Walter Cronkite Memorial will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with space-themed special displays and space suit photo op.

Eclipse! Musical Revue. This new, family-friendly live musical revue will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Hall Theater. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.Eclipse! is composed of music with solar or lunar themes woven together with the stories and legends associated with the solar eclipse. The show is directed by Dr. Bob Willenbrink, founding dean of the School of Fine Arts, with musical direction by Lory Lacy Zuptich, adjunct faculty of flute. The production is funded in part by a grant from the David H. Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts.

Planetarium Shows. Bushman Planetarium will be open with special eclipse-themed shows.

You must purchase tickets for the planetarium shows. Other events are free, but seating is limited and first come, first served.

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Missouri Western is not hosting a public viewing on Monday, Aug. 21, but you can find a list of community public viewing sites here, under “Where to Watch.”

Or you can view a video of the eclipse from wherever you are. A livestream video, transmitted from a state-of-the-art H-alpha telescope, will be shown here. This unique transmission gives you unparalleled views of solar features during the eclipse.