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When is the solar eclipse is Kansas City? Well, my friends, it’s coming up on August 21st! And I’ve gathered some local resources for solar eclipse events in Kansas City and surrounding areas. Some details are still in the works, so bookmark this post to get the latest updates!
According to Eclipse2017.org, this solar eclipse is the first:
- on American soil since 1991
- on the mainland since 1979
- to sweep across the entire country since 1918
- viewable in Missouri since 1869
In a solar eclipse, the Moon moves in between the Earth and the Sun, and passes in front of the Sun, blocking its view from the Earth. And Kansas City will be just beyond the path of totality – meaning we will see a partial (98%) eclipse, but there are details below on some sites and events within the path of totality.
Registration for some of these events are already filling up, so you should consider making plans soon. Just consider what a great geek date this would be!
- Throughout the summer, Mid-Continent Public Library will have a variety of events: Join us to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it.
- 6/15/17: “Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Once in a Lifetime Event” at Linda Hall Library
- 6/27/17: The Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) will offer an eclipse presentation at Prairie Fire Museum during their Science Happy Hour.
- 7/22/17: The ASKC General Meeting will be a presentation from Dr. Angela Speck, one of the co-chairs of the National 2017 Eclipse Committee.
- 8/19/17: The ASKC will present on the eclipse at the Powell Observatory
Kansas City, Missouri
- Vox Vineyards is planning a open house watch party with picnic lunch and wine tastings.
- Independence Square is planning some fun free events (more details to come). Stop into the Independence Visitors’ Center and get your solar glasses for only $1.39!
- Kansas City Eclipse & Sips Festival at Jowler Creek Winery: Each ticket includes a pair of special eclipse glasses, a wine tasting and Eclipse & Sips Wine Glass. Cost: $15/person advance; $20/person at gate. Call (816) 858-5528 for tickets.
- The Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) will have a shelter reserved at Smithville Lake, immediately to the west of the Jerry Litton Center, just off DD Road. Address: 16311 DD Hwy N. Smithville, MO 64089.
Kansas City, Kansas
- Visit KCK has assembled a list of events on their side of the river.
- View this spectacular celestial event at Antioch, Heritage or Shawnee Mission Park and be one of the first 200 people to receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses. (But be prepared with your own eyewear to avoid damage to your eyes). ExploreMerriam.com has details.
St. Joseph, Missouri
You will be able to see a partial (98%) eclipse in the Kansas City area, though optimal viewing of the totality will be just outside Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri, which is about 1-1/2 hours north – a great day trip!
- See details about the St. Joseph Eclipse event, sponsored in part by ASKC. (NOTE: ASKC advice: GO EARLY.)
- Linda Hall Library is planning a road trip to St. Joe
Columbia, Missouri, about 1-1/2 hours east of Kansas City, is also in the path of totality.
- The University of Missouri-Columbia (aka Mizzou) also has some solar eclipse events planned.
- Eclipse2017.org – Kansas City
- Astronomy Society of KC resource page
- Social Eclipse Timer app (features a countdown timer to totality, based on GPS)
- Get your own solar eclipse viewing glasses at Amazon
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