solar eclipse phases

The Center for Head Injury Services is preparing for an astronomical event 575 years in the making. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon, through St. Louis, Missouri, all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the St. Louis area was 575 years ago, in 1442! (The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was in 1918.)

On the day of the eclipse, consumers and employees at the Center will gather to see the moon completely block out the sun. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase of totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun. The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially-eclipsed sun is through approved solar viewing equipment, such as those with special-purpose solar filters. The Center will be providing consumers and employees with special “eclipse viewing glasses” certified safe by the ISO and CE. On August 21, the Center will also be experimenting with “pinhole viewers” and enjoying special eclipse cookies made by Destination Desserts.

The Center believes everyone should experience this rare celestial event, even those with visual impairments. The Center is encouraging consumers who are blind or visually impaired to download and use the newly introduced Eclipse Soundscapes app. The app was created by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in collaboration with NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium and with help from the National Park Service to provide a multi-sensory experience of the eclipse. It includes real time audio descriptions of the eclipse from the National Center for Accessible Media and an interactive “Rumble Map” which will allow users to explore the physical qualities of the eclipse by touching the screen on a smartphone. Eclipse Soundscapes is available for download for iOS and Android devices here:

This will be truly an historic event. The Center is excited to view one of nature’s most stunning displays and we hope you take time out of your busy day to see the eclipse safely.


2017 Eclipse

The Center for Head Injury Services Solar Eclipse Viewing Celebration

August 21, 2017 – festivities starting at 12:30 p.m.
at 11828 Lackland Road, St. Louis, MO 63146

Start of partial eclipse – 11:49 a.m.
Maximum eclipse – 1:17 p.m.
End of partial eclipse – 2:43 p.m.