What To Do NOW To Prepare For the Solar Eclipse

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The Solar Eclipse will be passing through the St. Louis region on August 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm.

At that moment, the shadow of the moon will pass in front of the sun and block out the sunlight  (TOTAL DARKNESS)! for 2.5 minutes. It is one of the greatest marvels on this planet.

Without Question, the Solar Eclipse will be one of the greatest events in the history of St. Louis!

So what should I be doing in the middle of a bleak January day to prepare for a Solar Eclipse in August?

1) Buy good viewing eyewear.

To view the eclipse, you must have proper eyewear or you risk blindness. You have options of cheap cardboard shades, special sunglasses, or welder glasses.

You want to buy eyewear NOW. Recent trends are clear-   the glasses sell out long before the event.

2) Decide how you want to enjoy the event.

There will be a large public event at Jefferson Barracks. If you are lucky, you may also be able to view it from the privacy of your own backyard.

The eclipse will be seen in the outer rim of the St. Louis area suburbs, but not downtown. It is expected to draw big crowds along the route. Since the suburbs are not designed for the massing of of big crowds, many of the streets may be impassable hours before the event.

Whatever you decide, you need to think about preparations now. You may be penned in for hours wherever you go.

Bottled water could be in short supply even before the event, for example.

Home entertainers may have to provide three meals to guests. Eggs could be in short supply for example.

2A) Book Hotel Rooms, Airflights, Car Rentals

St. Louis should expect to be bombarded with “eclipse chasers” {People who fly all over the world to catch total eclipses}. Old friends and relatives may descend upon St. Louis in crowds not unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Local hotels are already making comments of selling out all rooms by the day of the event. Based on precedents set in other parts of the world that have experienced total eclipses, this is probably not hype.

St. Louis airport has not been a hub city for years. It would be reasonable to assume flights in & out of St. Louis will book fast at some point.

Likewise, do not be surprised if all available rental cars are reserved 2 to 3 months in advance.

The bottom line? If you are having out-of-town guests for the total eclipse, get commitments NOW and make your bookings!

 

John Kasperek, President of Kasperek & Co. Accountants, is a huge astronomy fan. He is excited to witness a total solar eclipse and wants to share his excitement so that people will take the time to witness the event.