- Associated Press - Sunday, August 20, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is preparing for the country’s first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918.

Most of Kansas will see only a partial eclipse on Monday. More than 90 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon in Wichita and most of southeastern, central and northwestern Kansas, the Wichita Eagle reported .

“This is going to be a very significant amount of the sun covered up by the moon,” said Harold Henderson, director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory. “You’re going to noticeably tell that a big portion of the sun is covered. … whether you’re using eclipse glasses or not.”

A partial eclipse that covers 99.9 percent of the sun’s surface will still be 1,000 times brighter than a full moon, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The National Weather Service said the partial eclipse will begin around 11:30 a.m. and end around 2:30 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur shortly after 1 p.m.

“This is just a slow progression from beginning to end,” Henderson said. “It’s not like a light switch on and off. It’s going to be a gradual thing.”

The path of totality is where the moon will completely block the sun’s light. The path will travel diagonally across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. A narrow area of northeastern Kansas lies in the path of totality, including the towns of Atchison, Leavenworth, Hiawatha and Marysville.

People in the path of totality will see “lower layers of the sun’s atmosphere streaming off into space,” Henderson said.

“You’ve got this beautiful scenario,” he said. “I’m really excited about experiencing totality for myself just to have some answers.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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