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Oct. 6, 2023

Natural sciences department hosting viewing opportunity during Oct. 14 solar eclipse

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Natural Sciences will host an observation of the Partial Annular Solar Eclipse this month.

The observation, which is free and open to the public, will provide attendees with an opportunity to view the eclipse through telescopes with solar filters that allow for direct observation as well as projection. 

The gathering will begin at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, outside the B.D. Owens Library.

The moon is expected to begin encroaching on the disc of the sun at about 10:25 a.m. and peak coverage – between 60 and 70 percent of the sun – is expected at about 11:50 a.m.

The event is the only solar eclipse visible in the area until April 8, 2024.

This observation is supported by the Jim Smeltzer Community Astronomy Fund and the Northwest Foundation.

For more information, contact Dr. David Richardson, associate professor of physics, at


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215