On August 21, 2017, America will be treated to its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. It will also be the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation’s founding in 1776, and Kansas City is partially in the path of totality! Join us at E.H. Young Park in Riverside, MO 11am – 3pm for a viewing of the eclipse during our Food Truck Frenzy! Tickets $5 (Event entry is free, ticket supplies protective eyewear) *Must purchase food from Food Trucks . Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and claim your spot! Enjoy lunch from local area food trucks and sample beers from local breweries. The eclipse is due to take place at 1:08pm, so get to the park early to get your spot! Click button below for tickets
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and the Moon blocks the Sun for a viewer on Earth. During a total eclipse, the Moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the Sun, resulting in “totality”; in a partial eclipse, the Moon and the Sun are not perfectly aligned and only part of the Sun is blocked; and during an annular eclipse, alignment is perfect but the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely obscure the Sun. Due to the peculiarities of the Moon’s orbit, no more than five solar eclipses can occur in any given year, and no more than two can be total. This, in addition to the fact that a total solar eclipse is visible on the Earth’s surface only along a very narrow path for just a few short minutes, makes totality one of nature’s rarest events.
Most people who have seen a total eclipse have described it as the most spectacular natural event they have ever witnessed. It starts as the Moon slowly obscures more and more of the Sun. When just a small sliver of light remains, you might see “Baily’s beads,” caused by the last rays of sunlight streaming through lunar valleys. Next: the beads dissolve into one final “diamond” in the sky. And then the soft wisps of the solar corona surrounding a huge hole where the Sun used to be. You might notice a temperature drop, birds flying home to their nests, and an eerie feeling in the air. You’re standing in a strange twilight, while a sunset glows on the horizon all around you. Finally, totality comes to an end as the events occur in reverse order.
Since looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, special eclipse safety glasses or viewers must always be used (sunglasses are not safe). The small amount of light emitted during even a 99.9 percent solar eclipse is still dangerous. The only time it’s safe to look at a total eclipse without proper eye protection is during the brief period of “totality” when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re not located in the path of totality, there is never a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes. Attempting to view an eclipse using binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other devices that don’t have their own special front-mounted solar filters is extremely hazardous.
Want to learn more about this eclipse? Join us for our Chamber luncheon Thursday, August. 10th, 11:30am at Terrace Buffet in Argosy Casino and hear guest speaker, Jackie Beucher, Vice President of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and chair of 2017 Eclipse committee. Click button to register!