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Rosecrans Memorial Airport is a joint civil/military public airport located three miles northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri. Its main runway stretches 8,061 feet (150 feet wide) in a north-south orientation. The airport was named in honor of Sgt. Guy Wallace Rosecrans "and comrades" of the 153rd Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, 1917-18. Rosecrans was the only St. Joseph airman killed in World War I. At the end of World War II, much of the former U.S. Army Air Forces installation was transferred to the city except for 142 acres for the National Guard. When the U.S. Air Force became independent in 1947, the military facilities became part of the newly established Air National Guard. Rosecrans Air National Guard Base is currently home to the 139th Airlift Wing, an Air Mobility Command-gained unit of the Missouri Air National Guard, the host wing for the installation. Certainly, working with these stations solves the problem of communicating with people attending the eclipse event at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, but it also opens up the information we'll be communicating on August 21 to all of St. Joseph and more than 30 surrounding counties.



Our radio partners in St. Joseph are the best! Not only will the four stations — KKJO, KSJQ, KFEQ, and KESJ — be simulcasting eclipse-related information on the big day, but they're also excited to get the word out months in advance. The four St. Joseph stations are part of the 28-station Eagle Communications Radio Group. Besides Missouri, Eagle Communications has Kansas studios located in Hays, Great Bend, Salina, Junction City, Manhattan, and Hutchinson, and Nebraska studios in Alliance, Chadron, and North Platte. If you will be anywhere near St. Joseph on eclipse day (and, yes, this does include Kansas City), be sure to tune your radio to one of these stations. And just a tip: An actual radio (the one in your car will work fine) might be the best option. With so many people at one location, Internet and cell service probably will be spotty to non-existant.



The St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau should be your first stop if you need any information about the city. Because this eclipse occurs on a Monday, many visitors will choose to arrive in St. Joseph several days early. The CVB's website will help you make your visit to this great city memorable.



Celestron is the number one telescope manufacturer on Earth. In 1970, Tom Johnson, founder of Celestron's parent company, Valor Electronics, unveiled his landmark product: the Celestron 8, with its standout orange tube, high-end optics, and $1,000 price tag. Armed with the “C8,” thousands of amateur astronomers observed celestial objects previously seen only in professional observatories. The C8 cemented Celestron as the world’s premier telescope brand. With more than 80 employees around the world, Celestron has continued to lead the market for more than 50 years, creating dozens of revolutionary new products. Looking for a telescope?.



The Astronomical Society of Kansas City is one of the largest and most active groups of fun-loving amateur stargazers in the country. The ASKC has more than 480 members, one of the largest astronomy club telescopes in the Midwest, a private and safe dark-sky observing site, and monthly astronomy programs and stargazing events. The ASKC offers a wide variety of member activities, including, regular monthly meetings on the campus of the University of Missouri in Kansas City featuring interesting speakers; monthly informal stargazing sessions; educational programs that cover many topics; and extensive public outreach programs using the club's two observatories. ASKC public programs reach more than 5,000 people each year.



The Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society (NPMAS) is an amateur astronomy club located at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. Meetings are free and open to the public, and have a featured presentation, speaker, or observing session. NPMAS Members have access to Parmentier Observatory on scheduled observing nights. The facility houses a 30-inch classical Cassegrain telescope with a 6-inch Astro Physics refractor, housed in a two story observatory.



The Northeast Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS) is an organization of amatuer astronomers who live, serve and observe in Northeast Florida. The club operates primarily in Jacksonville and its surrounding communities. Membership currently exceeds 100. As our tagline says, we are a "non-profit organization expanding horizons through education and observation." The club holds at least three observing sessions per month (weather permitting) and all are open to the public. Groups of members focus on amatuer telescope making and astrophotography. A general meeting (open to the public) occurs once a month at the Florida State College at Jacksonville campus, featuring a speaker or multimedia presentation.



The Astronomy Associates of Lawrence (A.A.L.) is an amateur astronomy club located in Lawrence, Kansas. The club has served Lawrence, the University of Kansas, and nearby communities since 1975. The A.A.L. is open to everyone, all ages, and all skill levels. The club has monthly meetings featuring speakers or presentations and telescope observing sessions throughout the year, from various locations, all of which are open to the public.



The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) includes individuals with wide levels of expertise and knowledge of the science of astronomy, from beginners to professionals. For more than 50 years, the GRAAA continues to flourish due to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members. The GRAAA is active in the local community, sponsoring many observing and educational sessions for the people of West Michigan. Members of GRAAA built and operate the James C. Veen Observatory at a rural location outside the city and make it available for periodic viewing and group visits. The club's mission statement is "To promote community interest and participation in astronomy through outreach, education, and research."



The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club, founded in 1958, is a group of almost 200 amateur astronomers from central Oklahoma. The club hosts monthly meetings, special events throughout the year, a monthly sidewalk astronomy program and quarterly novice sessions to introduce newcomers to the joys of astronomy. OKCAC also owns and operates Cheddar Ranch Observatory in rural western Oklahoma and is the founding sponsor of the annual Okie-Tex Star Party, now in its 34th year, which is consistently rated as among the top ten star parties in America and which draws some 500 participants to the tip of the Oklahoma Panhandle each fall.