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Perry Park Center hosts seminar about 2017 'Great American Eclipse'

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It's being called the Great American Eclipse and it's coming to Perry County, Missouri.

Monday, August 21, 2017, will be a big day for the Perry County region as a total eclipse of the sun will sweep through the area mid-afternoon, turning day to night and briefly transforming the sun into a streamered ring of fire.

The Perry Park Center is hosting an event to educate would-be eclipse viewers on how to ensure they are in the right place at the right time for the best possible view.

John Wharton, managing director of facility operations at the Saint Louis Science Center, will be the featured speaker at an informational seminar at the Perry Park Center Theater about next year's big solar eclipse.

Wharton has been with the museum for three decades in a variety of programmatic and administrative roles.

He was director of the Science Center’s McDonnell Planetarium for eight years, as well as head of planetariums in Oklahoma City and Evansville, Indiana prior to coming to St. Louis.

While working towards a business administration degree at Butler University, John was the student manager of the school’s observatory, guiding public programs and working with grad students for projects on the facility’s one-meter telescope.

John still dabbles in amateur astronomy and, as a member of the Rotary Club of downtown St. Louis, he has done telescope and portable planetarium programs for camp and youth groups around the area.

The presentation will be at the Perry Park Center Theater on  August 16, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

For more information about the presentation, contact Trish Erzfeld, Perry County Heritage Tourism at or 573-517-2069.

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