2017 Solar Eclipse - See the Greatest Show in the Universe at MSU!
This campaign ends on June 29 at 11:46AM EDT

We need your help to share one of Earth's rarest events with the public!  During the sun's peak, at 1:13 PM on August 21, 2017, 96% of the sun will be covered by the moon. It will become darker in the middle of the day, birds may begin to chirp, and you may get to witness one of nature's rarest events. A large-scale, free public event will be held at Missouri State's Plaster Stadium for viewing the solar eclipse from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on 8/21/17. Entertainment and activities will also be provided. 

Donations will assist in the purchase of special viewing glasses so everyone can safely watch the eclipse, filters for the telescopes so the public can view the eclipse with magnification, and funding to transport K-12 students who want to attend the event. The more funds raised, the better this event will be for everyone! 

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Laura Rios at LauaRios@Missouristate.edu.

*In addition,  MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card. 

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Donors will be acknowledged for their support during the eclipse.


VIP access on the field to view eclipse by special telescope in addition to acknowledgement during the eclipse.


Invitation to an event to be held at Baker Observatory (date to be determined) in addition to VIP access and acknowledgement during the eclipse


Private tour of Baker Observatory (an an areed upon date) with the opportunity to view your favorite astronomical object in addition to all previous incentives.

DONATE $1,000

Participate remotely (via computer) in an observing session at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (late hours required) in June or July, as Dr. Peter Plavchan conducts observations in the search for exoplanets. Must be able to participate during the nights Dr. Plavchan has observing time: June 17/18, June 25/26, July 4/5, July 19/20, or July 28/29; plus possible future dates TBA in addition to the all previous level incentives.

DONATE $5,000

The opportunity to accompany Dr. Plavchan to Hawaii (travel, airfare, lodging and any expenses are not included) and travel to the summit of Mauna Kea, just under 14,000 feet above sea level, to use the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in person in June or July 2017 (must be healthy enough to travel and tolerate high altitudes) in addition to all other incentives.