The Grand River Historical Society Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, for the public’s convenience in viewing the total solar eclipse.
The Grand River Historical Society Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, for the public’s convenience in viewing the total solar eclipse. The museum will have a special exhibit providing facts about the first total eclipse to cross the United States from coast to coast since 1918. The total eclipse is viewable in a 70-mile wide path in only 14 states, including Missouri. In Chillicothe, the eclipse will begin at 11:43 a.m. as the moon begins its trek across the sun, reaching total eclipse at 1:10 p.m. for approximately 1 minute and 13 seconds, and passes on by the sun at 2:36 p.m. The entire event lasts for 2 hours and 53 minutes. There are approximately 360 years between eclipses that are viewable from a particular spot such as Chillicothe, so the next one should be in 2377. This one begins in the state of Oregon at 9:05 a.m. and ends in South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. The last visible eclipse which crossed the USA from coast to coast was in 1918. The public is invited to the museum, 1401 Forest Drive, on the day of the eclipse to enjoy this phenomenon. Guests may come as early as 9 a.m. and spend the day or arrive at their convenience and view the exhibit explaining the science behind an eclipse and a collection of enjoyable myths and legends that have, for thousands of years, explained these phenomena globally. There is plenty of parking around the museum and an unobstructed view of the eclipse from its property, according to museum officials. A free will donation will entitle guests to a pair of viewing glasses (imperative for watching this event) and a bottle of water. Guests are invited to bring their deck chairs.