My family and I are huge astronomy geeks. We have been anxious for the upcoming Solar Eclipse for over a year!
Get ready, Kansas City, you’re in for a very special celestial treat! On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will have the privilege to experience a total eclipse of the sun. The last time our country saw a total eclipse was 38 years ago.
According to NASA, the solar eclipse is an “event … in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun …. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.”
It is never wise to look directly into the sun, as it can have damaging effects to your eyes. Please be sure to wear protective eye gear when viewing the solar eclipse. They are fairly inexpensive and you can purchase them here.
Best Viewing Spots
Kansas City happens to be in the path of totality (the track of the moon’s shadow across the Earth). The best places to view and experience the maximum duration of the solar eclipse near us are St. Joseph, Missouri and Troy, Kansas, just a short day trip away. These amazing Missouri and Kansas maps provided by the Great American Eclipse website show you the path and the duration of the eclipse.
Local Solar Eclipse Events & Parties
Mid-Continent Library has a series of informative Solar Eclipse lectures you can attend prior to the event.
Here are viewing parties occurring on the day of:
- Science City (Kansas City, MO)
- Kansas City T-Bones (Kansas City, KS)
- George Owens Park (Independence, MO)
- Jowler Creek Vineyards & Winery (Platte City, MO)
- Vox Vineyards (Kansas City, MO)
- Johnson County Parks (Kansas)
- Shatto Milk Company (Osborne, MO)
- UMKC Linda Hall Library Roadtrip to St. Joseph, MO
I will be updating this post frequently. Please let me know if there are any events I should add.