Gallatin experienced an extremely rare event — a total solar eclipse — on Aug. 21, 2017. The Great American Total Eclipse occurred along a narrow arched track stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The United States was the only country in the world which experienced this eclipse, and furthermore, only a tiny portion of the USA was able to see the eclipse in totality. Daviess County was in this path!

At approximately 1:08 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2017, various parts of Daviess County experienced one to two minutes of “totality” (total eclipse) during what space experts called the celestial event of the century. Although clouds coverage made the transition from broad daylight to dusk twilight less dramatic, the experience did not disappoint — especially for many who long anticipated this historic event.

Preceeding the total eclipse from early to mid-August, the Daviess County Library hosted several “NASA@mylibrary” sponsored programs for children and adults. This included the “Summer Under the Stars Series,” featuring a NASA Night Sky Network expert who led stargazing outside the library after an indoor presentation. Also presented were sessions entitled “Eclipse in a Nutshell.” These four informational sessions were provided an eclipse primer so community members could better understand what was to transpire and why it is so special.

Video of Total Eclipse in Gallatin, MO

Produced by Jill Steward – JPEG Studio, Gallatin


Daviess County Library staff members coordinated activities on the courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, by providing information about the eclipse and distributing free pairs of solar viewing glasses. Those attending were invited to “walk through” a large scaled model of the solar system set up on the lawn. A community photo was taken to commemorate the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. To inquire about obtaining a copy of the community photo, ask Jill Steward of JPEG Studio, 609B South Main Street, Gallatin, MO.

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