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Planning underway for first total solar eclipse visible in St. Louis since 1442

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For the first time since 1442, a solar eclipse will be visible in St. Louis. Credit: NASA For the first time since 1442, a solar eclipse will be visible in St. Louis. Credit: NASA
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Plans were announced for a festival on the Delmar Loop to coincide with a solar eclipse on August 21. It'll be the first total eclipse that'll be viewable in the St. Louis area since 1442.

Blueberry Hill and Moonrise Hotel owner Joe Edwards told News 4, "People will be coming from all over the world and in The Loop we're going to be celebrating it in many many ways."

The path of the eclipse will run diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina and pass  through Missouri and southern Illinois.

"This is the first eclipse in a long time that's going to cross the entire country from Oregon to South Carolina making it accessible for millions of people," said Jim Small, president of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. 

The shadow created by the eclipse will only be 70 miles wide and the largest metropolitan areas that it'll pass through are Kansas City, St. Louis and Nashville. That's why many are expected to travel to Missouri to experience this once in a lifetime event.

Small said, "St. Louis will be the stopping off point for literally, probably millions of people."

The eclipse festival on The Loop is scheduled for August 20, the day before the eclipse. It'll be centered around the Moonrise Hotel which has a restaurant called Eclipse and has the world's largest man-made, rotating moon. 

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