It's been dubbed 'The Great American Eclipse" and it's coming to the sky near you on Monday.

It's been dubbed 'The Great American Eclipse" and it's coming to the sky near you on Monday.
This notable event marks the first time in 38 years that the path of the moon's shadow will pass be visible as earth crosses it. It's the first solar eclipse to be viewed in Missouri since Feb. 26, 1979 and the first total solar eclipse for most of the Show-Me State since 1869. In parts of the state, including St. Louis, St. Genevieve, and Perryville, there hasn't been one since 1442.  
The last time a solar eclipse crossed the North American continent was June, 1918 and there hasn't been a solar eclipse visible only in the United States since before 1776.
So, it's a historic event, especially since the next solar eclipse above the U.S. won't happen until 2024.
In Missouri, the optimum  viewing will happen outside the immediate Neosho area. Some of the cities in the total eclipse path include St. Joseph, Jefferson City, Columbia and Cape Girardeau. Large crowds are expected in those areas and unprecedented traffic levels. Hotel and motel rooms have long been sold out.
Crowder College is hosting a Solar Eclipse on the Quad event on Monday, the only public event currently planned in Neosho.  
The event begins at 12:45 p.m. on Monday. Staff members from the MARET Center on campus will be on hand with information about the eclipse. Campus Life will provide snacks themed for the event with Capri Sun drinks and Moon Pies, as well as viewing glasses.
In Southwest Missouri, the eclipse will begin to be visible at 11:46 a.m., reach the maximum point at 1:13 p.m. and end at 2:41 p.m.
"It's has the potential to be the biggest public space event since the moon landing," Dr. Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy at the University of Missouri at Columbia said.
Anyone with a south view should be able to see the eclipse in the area but the public is warned not to attempt to view the eclipse without protective glasses or safe methods. Serious damage to the retinas can occur without protection.
The next eclipse viewable in North America won't happen until 2024 so don't miss 'The Great American Eclipse' on Monday!