ECLIPSE 2017: Mid-MO meteorologist coordinates live NASA broadcast

Eric Aldrich sits down with Katie Moeller (KRCG 13)

Columbia-based meteorologist and MU instructor of Atmospheric Science Eric Aldrich helped coordinate NASA's live broadcast of the total solar eclipse.

He said receiving NASA's request for help still feels a little unreal.

"When they called me up and asked me to be a part of it, I jumped at the chance," Aldrich said. "I'll be explaining the event as it happens from about 1:09 p.m. to 1:16 p.m."

Scientists said they expect the moon's penumbra to come into contact with the Earth around 10:46 a.m. The partial eclipse will begin around 11:46 am, and Jefferson City will experience totality for just under 2 minutes and thirty seconds beginning at 1:14 p.m.

"We're probably most concerned with the weather," Aldrich said. "We've been watching it very closely, we don't want clouds to obscure the event. But the outlook is a little better today than it was yesterday, so we'll see how it goes."

NASA will broadcast live in Jefferson City Monday afternoon for 7 minutes, but eclipse-viewers can check out NASA's Journey to the Stars mobile exhibit all day at the press parking area at the Capitol.

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