Total Solar Eclipse Experience

Zoe Landsman – Postdoctoral Researcher

Location: St. Louis, MO

Coordinates: 38° 37’ 37.2” N, 90° 11’ 57.84” W

Start time of totality: 1:17 PM (CDT)

Duration of totality: 1min 52s


“I was fortunate to view the eclipse from the backyard of friends who live in the path of totality. This was the first solar eclipse I’ve witnessed, and it was as awe-inspiring as I was told it would be. The surreal quality of the dimming light before totality, the cicadas awakening in the middle of the day, the sight of the Sun’s corona, the 360-degree sunset — the beauty and strangeness of these moments will stay with me.”