Monday, December 14, marks 1,211 days since the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and 1,211 days to the next total solar eclipse for Ste. Genevieve — on April 8, 2024.
A solar eclipse did take place on Monday, December 14, and it was viewable in Argentina and Chile in South America.
Ste. Genevieve was included in the path of totality on August 21, 2017 — the first time that was the case since perhaps the 1400s.
The St. Louis area had not previously been on the centerline for a total solar eclipse since 1442, and St. Louis won’t be on the centerline for the 2024 eclipse.
The 2024 centerline will cross the United States from Texas to the northeast. The north edge of the centerline will not extend as far up as Festus but it will include Ste. Genevieve County.
As the northern end of the centerline, Ste. Genevieve will have about 2 minutes of totality; Cape Girardeau will have about 4 minutes as the midpoint of the centerline.
Ste. Genevieve had more than 2 1/2 minutes of totality in 2017 by being at the midpoint of the centerline and near the point of longest duration in Southern Illinois.
In 2017, Ste. Genevieve hosted a one-day musical festival leading into the eclipse event, and a viewing event took place at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.
For more information on the 2024 eclipse, click here.
Forbes magazine had a story about the halfway as well.