Are you ready for the 2024 Solar Eclipse?

Villagers are very fortunate to be directly aligned with the path of the upcoming total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024. In preparation for this extraordinary occasion, the HSV Camera Club and Village Stargazers will run a series of articles covering what is a solar eclipse, the phases and timing, and observable effects, including temperature drops, nightfall, running shadows, and bird and insect behaviors, where to view, how to prepare, some dos and don’ts in viewing, and how to observe and capture the event through binoculars, telescopes, and cameras.

So, keep in touch with our weekly coverage as the total solar eclipse of 2024 approaches. As an appetite teaser, below is a photograph of the 2017 total eclipse taken by Peter Trabant of the HSV Camera Club. Trabant took this photo from Cape Girardeau, MO, and it was first published in the Village Voice in August of that year.

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse by Peter Trabant (Taken in Cape Girardeau, MO)

About the HSV Camera Club

The Village Camera Club caters to all who have a mutual enjoyment in photography at all levels, from beginner to professional.  They meet monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Village Church of Christ for informational programs and engage regularly in photographic field trips, exhibitions, and competitions.  For further information, visit the website at

About the Village Stargazers

The Villager Stargazers meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Hot Springs Village Church of Christ for an informative program regarding some aspect of astronomy.  Visitors are always welcome as they love to share views of the Cosmos, including planets, galaxies, double stars, planetary nebula, and star clusters.  For further information, contact Jay Williams, Stargazer’s vice president, at 501-922-8353.

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