On April 8, 2024, something truly extraordinary is happening in Van Buren, Missouri. The town will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse, with the moon completely blocking out the sun for nearly four minutes. This makes Van Buren one of the prime locations for viewing the eclipse, and an experience that should not be missed by any lover of natural wonders.

Van Buren, located in the heart of the Ozarks, is a small town with a population of less than 1,000 people. However, it has everything you need to make your eclipse experience unforgettable. The town is surrounded by the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, which provide unobstructed views of the sky and make for the perfect viewing locations.

The eclipse will begin with a partial eclipse at 12:39:10 PM, followed by the total eclipse at 1:55:49 PM. The duration of totality will last for 3 minutes and 47.8 seconds. During this time, the sky will turn dark, and the temperature will drop dramatically. You will be able to see the sun’s corona, which is usually invisible to the naked eye, and stars will become visible in the sky.

Map of Totality Courtesy of NationalEclipse.com

Experiencing the eclipse surrounded by nature is an experience unlike any other. Van Buren is located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one of the most beautiful natural areas in the United States. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including birds, bugs, and other critters. During the eclipse, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the reaction of the animals to the sudden darkness. You may hear birds and other wildlife go silent or become more active as if they think it’s night time. Being surrounded by nature will enhance your eclipse experience and make it even more magical.

Apart from the natural beauty of the eclipse, Van Buren is working on hosting a range of special events and programming to enhance your experience. Please keep in mind that the Current River may be too high to canoe or kayak as spring flooding is common that time of year.

It’s essential to book your accommodation and travel arrangements as soon as possible, as this is an event that is likely to attract a large number of visitors. Van Buren offers a range of accommodation options, from motels to cabins and campsites. Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be an option that suits your needs.

In conclusion, the 2024 solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you won’t want to miss. Van Buren, MO, offers the perfect location to witness this awe-inspiring celestial event, with unobstructed views of the sky and a range of events and activities to enhance your experience. Book your trip now and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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