Library telescopes come to southeast Missouri

Library telescopes come to southeast Missouri
Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 9:13 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2016 at 8:32 PM CDT
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(Source: Perry County Heritage Tourism)
(Source: Perry County Heritage Tourism)
(Source: Perry County Heritage Tourism)
(Source: Perry County Heritage Tourism)

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - In less than one year from now, on August 21, 2017, Perry County, Missouri will experience two minutes, forty seconds of totality during the Great American Eclipse.

Perry County's efforts to spread the eclipse news will now involve southeast Missouri local libraries.

The Library Telescope Program is an educational program that allows patrons to check out a telescope just as you would a book.

Libraries are also encouraged to host Star Parties to share astronomical information for all ages.

The St. Louis Astronomical Society held a telescope build event earlier this month to build forty-eight library telescopes for the St. Louis area, of which ten of those telescopes will come to southeast Missouri.

The build consisted of taking an Orion 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope and modifying them to be patron friendly.

They were then night sky tested and readied for delivery.

Coming soon to a location near you, please check with your local library for availability to see when you may check out a telescope and explore the night sky universe from your backyard and to find out more on the Great American Eclipse.

Participating libraries are as follows:

Riverside Regional Libraries:

  • Perryville (1)
  • Altenburg (1)
  • Jackson (2)
  • Scott City (1)
  • Benton (1)
  • Oran (1)
  • Southeast Missouri State University- Kent Library (1)
  • Cape Girardeau Public Library (1)

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

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