August 21, 2017
A total solar eclipse will be visible across North America on Aug. 21, 2017, and Columbia is in the direct viewing path. The event will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979, and thousands of people are expected to turn their gazes skyward.
Tour the Great American Eclipse of 2017
Frederick Fraunfelder, MD
“A total solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring event, but it’s still important to remember to protect your eyesight,” said Frederick Fraunfelder, MD, director of MU Health Care’s Mason Eye Institute and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the MU School of Medicine. “We’re all taught never to look directly into the sun, and for the majority of this eclipse, that rule still applies. Looking at a partial solar eclipse is as dangerous as looking at the unblocked sun and can cause damage to your retina, the light-sensitive nerve layer in your eye.”