Soon, the US will witness a total solar eclipse crossing, offering the best view to these Kansas cities

In just under two months, residents of Kansas will have the incredible opportunity to witness this year’s solar eclipse as it gracefully traverses the North American sky.

In October, we witnessed a partial solar eclipse, which was actually an annular eclipse. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth while being at its farthest point from the Earth. Due to this distance, the moon is unable to completely cover the sun, resulting in a stunning ring-like effect around the moon, often known as the “ring of fire.”

In April, there will be an extraordinary celestial event known as a total solar eclipse. This phenomenon occurs when the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, casting a shadow on Earth and completely obscuring the sun’s light. On Monday, April 8, this awe-inspiring event will be visible in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The eclipse will begin in Mexico and reach its peak at 11:07 a.m. (local time), offering a breathtaking spectacle for those fortunate enough to witness it.

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The total eclipse can be seen in several states within the U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. However, states like Kansas will only experience partial coverage.

If you’re interested in witnessing this year’s total solar eclipse from Kansas, it’s important to note that the next occurrence won’t happen until August 23, 2044, as confirmed by NASA. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know to prepare for this remarkable phenomenon.

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Kansas cities with the best view of the 2024 eclipse

The eclipse in Wichita will commence at 12:31 p.m. and conclude at 3:06 p.m. The peak coverage can be observed at 1:48 p.m., as stated by Time and Date’s online global clock.

People within the path of totality will experience a complete obstruction of the sun, resulting in total darkness. In contrast, individuals outside the path will only witness a partial obstruction, where the sun will be partially covered by the moon.

In Kansas, the city with the highest obstruction rate is Overland Park, with a percentage of 89.5%. Following closely is Wichita, with an obstruction rate of 87.59%.

In addition to Kansas City, there are other cities in Kansas where people will be able to view the partial eclipse. Here are the cities and the percentage of the sun that will be blocked out in each location:

    • Lawrence (88.35%)
    • Olathe (89.49%)
    • Osage City (88.10%)
    • Salina (83.66%)
    • Topeka (87.18%)

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Remember, it’s important to note that even though a portion of the sun is obscured during an eclipse, it is still unsafe to look directly at it without proper eye protection. If you’re planning to observe the eclipse on April 8th, make sure you have eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers that have special-purpose solar filters. These will ensure your eyes are protected.

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