Watch Eclipse 2017 from Mark Twain Lake

A total solar eclipse will take place in the United States on Aug. 21. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard Space Center.

There are events popping up across the area ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse, and Mark Twain Lake is hosting an educational event fit for the whole family.

Professor Robert Sadler from Culver-Stockton College will have a presentation on solar and lunar eclipses, their causes and how to safely observe them.

Following the talk, everyone is invited to go outside and safely view the solar eclipse.

While it won't be a total eclipse at Mark Twain Lake, the sun is expected to be 99 percent obscured.

If you don't already have special glasses to safely view the eclipse, a limited number of eclipse glasses will be available provided by Astronomical Society of the Pacific. A small solar telescope will also be set up.

You can buy solar glasses ahead of time from County Market stores in the Tri-States.

The presentation will be held in the media room at the Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at noon.

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