Solar Eclipse: Webster University to Host Educational Viewing Event on Campus

May. 3, 2017

Solar Eclipse: Webster to Celebrate Rare Event on Campus
The path of the eclipse's totality will cross the home campus in Webster Groves. (Click image for larger version and detailed maps of locales across the St. Louis region.)

Nearly 99 years ago on June 8, 1918, a total solar eclipse tracked across the United States. For two minutes and 23 seconds at 5:07 p.m. on an early summer evening, regions of Earth were plunged into darkness. Since then, this has not happened again to North America...until this year! 

Webster University’s Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences will host festivities celebrating and observing the full solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Webster's home campus in Webster Groves is right in the path of the totality, which is the narrow path where the moon completely blocks out the sun.

Eclipse Events Planned Aug. 21

Astronomy enthusiasts, friends, family, students and colleagues are all invited to join friends at the Webster Groves campus to observe this rare, beautiful celestial phenomenon.  

The path of the solar eclipse, the first tracking across the United States since 1918.
The path of the eclipse across the U.S. 
(Click image for larger version.)
  • Festivities commence at 11 a.m. in the East Academic Building, with refreshments and educational presentations by our Webster professors who will discuss the history and science behind solar and lunar eclipses.  
  • Stay tuned for science activities (designed for grade-school students aged 10 to 14), learn expert photography tips, or grab lunch at one of the local food trucks.
  • Then pick up a complimentary pair of safety glasses before everyone heads across the street to the top level of the Garden Avenue parking garage to view the eclipse.
  • The eclipse will occur in totality at 1:17 p.m. Central Time, and the darkness will last for approximately 1 minute and 15 seconds. With an eclipse toast on the garage rooftop, we will complete the day's celebration.

This won’t happen again near St. Louis until April 8, 2024, so now is your chance to participate! Come watch the action with us and celebrate science. 

For more information, please contact Webster Biological Sciences professors Ravin Kodikara at or Victoria Brown-Kennerly at

For more on the eclipse and expanded versions of the eclipse path pictured in this post, visit

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