Times for the Solar EclipseThe last time it occurred was nearly 100 years ago on June 8, 1918. People all over Kansas City want to be sure to have a great seat when it happens again this year. The solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, is a popular topic of conversation from, “Have you purchased your glasses?” to “Where will you be for the eclipse?”

People have plans to take the day off  and get to their viewing spots early with lawn chairs, coolers with food and beverages, and solar eclipse glasses – all the essentials for viewing the “Event of the Century.” There are many traveling from other states and even a few countries to be a part of this once in a lifetime event. The prime viewing spot being in St. Joseph, where the eclipse is expected to last 2 minutes 38 seconds.

Unique Experience

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. It occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across North America. The entire continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting up to three hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The moon will completely block the sun for up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds, turning daylight into twilight.

Solar Eclipse stages

Safe Viewing Tips

Solar Eclipse glassesLooking directly at the sun is unsafe and can cause eye damage. The only safe way to directly view the eclipse is through solar filters, such as eclipse glasses.

  • Make sure your eclipse glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard.
  • Cover your eyes with the eclipse glasses before looking up at the sun.
  • Turn away after glancing at the sun and remove your glasses — do not remove them while looking at the sun.

Avoid looking at any part of the eclipse through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even while you are wearing your eclipse glasses. For more safety tips, go to preparemetrokc.org.