Total Solar Eclipse 2017
By now, you’ve probably heard something about this year’s total eclipse of the sun that cuts a path across the United States including—fortunately for us—right across the upper-central portion of Missouri. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918.
A Total Solar Eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun from view as casting a shadow on the Earth. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow, you’ll see a total eclipse.
This celestial event will occur on Monday, August 21st and will block all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
The path of totality will pass over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and ending in South Carolina. Those on the outskirts — all the way into Canada, Central America and even the upper part of South America — will be treated to a partial eclipse.
Chances are, you’ve experienced many partial eclipses in your lifetime. They’re not that rare. In reality, neither are total eclipses, with the planet experiencing one every two or three years. But most of those celestial events take place over water or in remote locations. Of the nearly 8,600 miles of totality covered by this year’s eclipse, only about 2,500 miles are over land and that path is only seventy miles wide.
In Kearney, the eclipse will start at approximately 11:42am and the total eclipse will occur between 1:07:54 and 1:10:20. The partial eclipse will continue until approximately 2:26pm.
At Westbrook, we are planning to have a section of the parking lot cordoned off and will have chairs set up for our resident’s viewing pleasure. We have eclipse glasses that are ISO certified to protect your eyes against harmful rays while viewing the eclipse.
It’s Friday and the eclipse is Monday. The forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms. SO we are praying and crossing our fingers that rain and clouds hold off until after 2:00pm.