Monday, August 21, 2017 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's
most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. According to what NASA has explained, Jefferson County will be directly below the event at the times
shown below. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the Corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach,
Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside the path will only see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since the solar eclipse of July 11, 1991 (which was seen only from part of Hawaii) and the first visible from the contiguous United States since 1979.
The path of totoality of the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979 passed only through the states of Washington, Orgon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Many visitors traveled to the Pacific Northwest to view the eclipse, since it was the last chance to view a total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States for almost four decades.
The August 2017 eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the US's Pacific coast and Atlantic coast since 1918. Also, its path of totality makes landfall exclusively within the United States, making it the first such eclipse since the country's independence in 1776.
Below is a video of a time-lapse-animation of how the Total Eclipse will move across the St. Louis and surround counties area.