Total solar eclipse to be visible in parts of Kansas Aug. 21

"The impact of solar eclipses on Mesoamerican culture and on virtually all other early civilizations can not be overstated", according to Bruce Masse, formerly of the University of Hawaii and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Some in the USA will even be able to see a total solar eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun. Anyone who isn't watching the total (or partial) eclipse in person will have plenty of options to watch the eclipse live online.

As for what Alaskans can expect to see, Geronimo Villanueva, a NASA scientist said the eclipse will be roughly 45% of the sun.

The total solar eclipse crossing the continental United States on August 21 will first be visible from Oregon. Solar glasses will be provided for all participants to safely view the eclipse.

We put our astronomy hats on and, with an assist from NASA, learned that the last total solar eclipse in North America occurred on July 7, 1972.

Canadian astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson, of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, says it'll be an "unprecedented" opportunity for North American skywatchers to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence, which hasn't occurred over the USA since 1918.

America will be thrown into a maw of obscurity as the Moon passes in between Earth and the Sun.

We are just two months away from your chance to witness something that hasn't happened in almost a century.

Two months from now a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States.

Passing over Salem, Oregon, around 1:15 p.m. EDT, the moon's shadow will race across Idaho Falls, Casper, Wyoming, most of Kansas City and parts of St. Louis before passing over Nashville - the largest city directly in the path of totality - and then darkening the sky over Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

The Lowcountry should move completely out of the moon's shadow by 4:09 p.m.

BUDA PUBLIC LIBRARY will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Party on August 21st from 12:00-2:00 pm.

You can buy special solar eclipse glasses around town. During this period of "totality", eclipse observers will likely report feeling a sudden drop in temperature. The country's last total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast, on June 8, 1918, came in over OR and Washington, and made a beeline for Florida. We're talking the South Pacific, and Chile and Argentina. For the USA, the next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Carbondale, Illinois, will be in the crosshairs once again.

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