It will be 4 minutes and 27 seconds of history when the sun eclipses over the middle of America in 2024. Where's the best place in Missouri to view it from? Let's find out.

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The are several great resources for the super-rare total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. One is the Great American Eclipse website and the other is National Eclipse. It says that "totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT". Let's see what time that means for us and where's the best place to view it. Here's the eclipse path across Missouri as shared by the Great American Eclipse website:

Great American Eclipse
Great American Eclipse

The best place to view the eclipse will be in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where partial eclipse will begin at 12:41pm. Totality begins in Cape Girardeau at 1:58pm. The partial eclipse will end at 3:17pm.

If you can't find a good spot in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, you can cross the river to Carbondale, Illinois where the solar eclipse will begin at 12:42pm with totality reached at 1:59pm.

If you recall, Festus, Missouri was one of the prime Missouri locations for the last great solar eclipse in August of 2017.

It's still a ways off, but best to start planning now as hotels/motels will likely get jammed in both Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Carbondale, Illinois the closer we get to April 8, 2024. It will quite literally be a once-in-a-lifetime event for Americans to watch the sun and moon amaze. Now, let's hope the skies are clear that April day.

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