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When is the solar eclipse in 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 them 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.
- Powell Observatory is open every Saturday night, with at least one program on the eclipse.
- 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.
- 8/10/17: The Central Library will be hosting a presentation on Shooting the Eclipse – a tutorial on photographing the eclipse, from getting the right equipment to finding the best location and selecting the proper settings, on both DSLR and smart phones.
- 8/19/17: The ASKC will present on the eclipse at the Powell Observatory with various telescopes available for viewing.
Where to watch the eclipse in 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.
- Shatto Milk Company is hosting an event on their farm north of Kansas City in Osborn. Bring lawn chairs & safety glasses, and enjoy farm-fresh Shatto dairy products!
- The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station is hosting an “Experience the Eclipse” event with interactive, hands-on themed programming and activities.
- Chicken n Pickle is hosting a Rooftop Viewing Party from 12-4pm, with pickleball tournaments, music, and an aerial bartender!
- The City Market is hosting a Total Eclipse Watch Party with free, fun performances and learning activities, including an Alamo Drafthouse Celestial-themed karaoke dance party! WDAF FOX4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria will serve as Master of Ceremonies along with eclipse experts, Science City’s Patrick Hess and retired geophysicist Laura Tyson.
- Eclipsed in Independence will be held George Owens Park in Independence. The first 900 attendees will receive free, commemorative glasses.
Where to watch the eclipse in 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 – 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! Just be prepared for MASSIVE traffic and parking issues.
- 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. You can also find them locally at Hy-Vee and Lowe’s – let me know in the comments if you have seen glasses elsewhere!
Do you know of other Kansas City solar eclipse events? Leave a comment below with a link!
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