On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of Chillicothe and much of Livingston County will experience a total solar eclipse, considered by many as one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of Chillicothe and much of Livingston County will experience a total solar eclipse, considered by many as one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Everyone in North America will be able to experience at least a partial solar eclipse, according to NASA. However, the unique part of the eclipse is the path of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s atmosphere – the corona – can bee seen. The path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states. The path of totality is approximately 70 miles wide and will cross the U.S. from West to East, according to NASA. The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. Chillicothe is at the northern edge of the 70-mile ribbon of totality. This means that in south Chillicothe, the moon will completely cover the sun for about 1 minute, 20 seconds, according NASA’s solar eclipse interactive map. In north Chillicothe, the duration of obscurity will be shorter, lasting about 55 seconds. The partial eclipse will begin around 11:45 a.m. and the start of the total eclipse will be around 1:09 p.m. Nearby communities will experience different times and different periods of totality. Utica is expected to experience a total solar eclipse of approximately 1 minute, 42 seconds. Chula is just north of the path of totality and is expected to experience a 99 percent obscuration. Meadville, also is just north of the path. Communities closer to the center of the path will have a longer duration of totality. The community of Dawn should see slightly more than 2 minutes of obscuration; Tina, 2 minutes, 16 seconds, and Hale, almost 2 minutes. Larger cities located toward the center of the totality path are expecting a massive influx in visitors and the Missouri Department of Transportation is advising motorists to expect delays. As of Tuesday, just a few rooms remained available for rent Sunday night at local hotels and motels. Here’s a look at a few events within the area taking place in observance of the eclipse:  To help set the stage of the eclipse event, Comfort Inn and Suites and Fairfield Inn will be hosting a movie night in the grassy area between the hotels, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The movie is “Apollo 13.” The Grand River Historical Society Museum at 1401 Forest Drive will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21, for your convenience in viewing the total eclipse. You are invited to the museum on that date to check out our special exhibit on eclipses and the actual event. The first 50 guests who attend and give a free will donation of any amount will receive a pair of viewing glasses (Imperative for watching the eclipse.) and a bottle of water. Bring your deck chairs and join us for this rare occurrence. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, near Sumner, is located in the route of totality. The total eclipse at Swan Lake NWR will begin at 1:10 p.m. and last for 1 minute and 26 seconds. The refuge will not be hosting any special event during the eclipse; however, the refuge will be open and anyone is welcome to come out and view the eclipse at Swan Lake NWR. The Visitor Center will be open. There is an open field that can be accessed from the Visitor Center that should offer a great viewing opportunity. Swan Lake NWR is located in one of the lowest light pollution areas in Missouri, meaning that the night sky is more viewable due to the lack of surrounding lights from densely populated areas. Due to its location, Swan Lake NWR will be a great viewing location to witness the eclipse, according to the refuge manager. The refuge will not have viewing glasses or other items to aid in observing the eclipse so be sure and bring your own glasses, scope, lawn chair, drinks, etc. The Visitor Center will open at 9 a.m. and remain open till 4:30 p.m. Grand Oaks Camp is hosting “Wonders of Creation Solar Eclipse Family Retreat” taking place Sunday and Monday. The event features swimming, paddle boating, hiking and other family activities as well as learning opportunities surrounding the total solar eclipse happening on Monday. A worship celebration on Sunday evening will feature music led by the Gorsetts from Carrollton and a message from Pastor Jon Davis of Calvary Church in Chillicothe. Learning opportunities on Sunday evening and Monday morning are led by Paige Carroll and Jill Watkins, home school resource teachers from southern Iowa. The camp was filling up as of early this week, but still had a few vacancies. There were about 12 families signed up and an estimated 100 guests are expected. Most of the guests are traveling from Iowa to witness the event. Visit www.grandoakscamp.org to see the official event flyer and to register. Pre-registration is required and the full event fee includes lodging options and breakfast. Day only registration is also available for a nominal fee. Visit our website or call the camp office at 660 646-1906. Amy Supple, director of the Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, said that her office and the Chamber of Commerce have been busy fielding telephone calls regarding general eclipse questions as well as special events and possible lodging opportunities. Supple said that although only recently has the eclipse been making big news, preparations by the local office have been in the works for awhile. “We knew two years ago that we would have an influx of visitors and that we needed to be prepared,” Supple said. “People will be traveling to this area to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. Chillicothe has been planning for this event.” The Chamber of Commerce purchased approximately 3,000 eclipse glasses for individuals to safely watch the eclipse and disseminated their supply to various venues in town.

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