Excitement is building in Missouri for an out-of-this-world event that will take place on Aug. 21, 2017.

Several Missouri towns will be in the path of totality for a rare solar eclipse on that date. It will be the first time a total eclipse has swept across the United States since 1918.10TB-Eclipse6-superJumbo-v2

It is expected that people will flock to the area creating a short-lived boon to the hotel-motel industry, gas stations, quick shops, and eateries. Other tourism sites will likely see an increase in visitors as well.

A solar eclipse happens when a new moon passes between the earth and the sun. For just a few brief moments, the shadow of the moon blocks sunlight from reaching the earth. A total solar eclipse completely blocks the sun from our view while a partial solar eclipse only covers part of the sun.

Therefore, people wanting the full experience will want to find a viewing location where a total eclipse is expected.

Fortunately, astronomers are able to predict when an eclipse will take place based on the position of the earth and moon relative to the sun.

Some of the things a total eclipse chaser may experience include a dropping temperature caused by the loss of sunlight, stars appearing in the sky, and birds becoming confused and singing, thinking it is dawn or evening.

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