On August 21, 2017, the United States will see a total solar eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina. Cape Girardeau is in this path and will experience totality (darkness as the moon passes in front of the sun) for one minute and 45 seconds starting at 1:20:21 PM (CDT). Cape Girardeau will be an excellent viewing area. August 21 will be the first day of fall semester classes, though classes are canceled from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. so that students, faculty and staff can experience the total solar eclipse. A university committee, the SEclipse committee, has planned a full-day of activities beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending that evening with the launch of the annual Speaker Series. Student organizations and campus departments are planning academic lectures and festive outdoor activities throughout the campus. In April, a full schedule of August 21, 2017 activities will be available.
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