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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

July 27th, 2017

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

The views and opinions expressed in this “for expert comment” release are based on research and/or opinions of the researcher(s) and/or faculty member(s) and do not reflect the University’s official stance.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A total solar eclipse will be visible across North America on Aug. 21, 2017, with a good portion of the Midwest located in prime viewing area. The first total eclipse seen in the continental U.S. since 1979, a vast swath of Missouri will be traversed by the shadow of the moon, plunging the state into darkness.

The University of Missouri offers the following scholars with various expertise on the significance of the event:

If interested in interviewing these or other Mizzou experts, please contact Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346 or

Editor’s Note: To learn more about the 2017 total solar eclipse and events on campus and in the surrounding communities, please visit