At the peak of darkness at 1:54 p.m. April 8, 2024, Springfield experienced a 97.5% eclipse, resulting in a noticeable dimness, but not total darkness like what was experienced along the path of totality. An estimated 1,300 people gathered at Missouri State University's Plaster Stadium to enjoy the experience together. (Photo by David Stoeffler)

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The lights dimmed in Springfield on April 8, 2024 and gatherings throughout the community enjoyed the opportunity to observe the solar eclipse — although the sun was covered just to 97.5 percent at the peak.

Here were some of the observations shared on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter):