Where and When to See the Solar Eclipse
A total solar eclipse is happening on Monday, August 21, 2017, and for the first time in decades, much of America is in the path of totality. The path of totality is the limited swath of area that will experience a total solar eclipse where the moon’s shadow will completely obscure the sun. The path of totality is only 70 miles wide, but it does stretch across the United States. Much of Kansas City is just south of the path of totality, but near enough that most viewings in the area will have the sun obscured by about 90%. The last time that Kansas City was able to view a total solar eclipse was in the year 1806, and the next time will be 2205.
When to Watch
There are local eclipse maps that offer precise times that the eclipse will be seen from certain areas. The total eclipse will likely be seen in Atchison, Kan., at 1:06:13 p.m. Seconds are added as you move east along the path of totality. For example, in St. Joseph, the total eclipse is set to happen at 1:06:26 p.m.; Liberty at 1:08:03 p.m.; and Kansas City’s Berkley Riverfront Park at 1:08:28 p.m. If you are in the Kansas City area, it makes sense to start looking up right around 1p.m. Just be sure to where NASA approved solar eclipse glasses.
Where to Watch
There are several places providing viewing parties, some of them are even providing the special viewing glasses. City Market will host a full day of festivities with Master of Ceremonies, WDAF FOX4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria. This event will feature live DJs, yoga, fire jugglers, hula hoopers, and more. There will also be viewings at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, Vox Vineyards, Union Station, and several other spots in the area.