Oh it isn’t over. Now the analysis begins, the photos are published, and planning starts for the next one.
Your traveling librarian happily left some tourist dollars in a city in the path of totality, Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, where events organizers arranged not only fairs and concerts and talks at Missouri River Regional Library, but also perfect eclipse-viewing weather! On Saturday forecasters alarmingly predicted 58% cloud cover for Monday, but it didn’t happen! At 1:14:19 p.m. August 21, in Jeff City, at least, there were no clouds between us and the brilliant eclipse. The air cooled as the crescent sun got thinner and thinner until finally it winked out and twilight fell and the cicadas chirped, and everyone whipped off their glasses to see the corona.
In 2024 Texas gets its own total eclipse, sky nerds! (Librarians everywhere beg you to SAVE YOUR ECLIPSE GLASSES.)