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Coming August 21st, 2017

A total Solar Eclipse

Eclipse events planned for Clay:

What is a total solar eclipse? Why is it such an exciting event? Here are some of the basics:

  • A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and earth align. The moon falls in the middle and casts a shadow down on the Earth.
  • Solar eclipses typically occur annually, however they don’t always occur over areas that are safe to travel to.
  • The 2017 eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse over the continental United States since 1979.
  • This will be the first time since 1776 that a solar eclipse will only be visible in the United States.
  • During the totality phase the sun’s outer atmosphere, known as the corona, is visible.
  • During the total phase of the eclipse the sky will be as dark as a full moon night sky, the temperature will drop noticeably, and the wind will pick up.
Phases during eclipse

Totally eclipsed sun
Path of the August 21, 2017 Eclipse across Missouri Path of the August 21, 2017 Eclipse across thr United States
The 2017 eclipse's
line of totality cuts
across the United
States from coast
to coast.




Eclipse Safety

There are a few important safety tips to remember while enjoying the 2017 solar eclipse.

  • Eclipse Glasses are required safety equipment that must be worn while viewing an eclipse.
  • The only time you can safely look at the sun during an eclipse is during the totality. If any part of the disk of the sun is visible, unprotected eyes can be damaged.
  • Sunglasses will not offer the needed eye protection. Only eclipse glasses or a welder’s mask (rating 14) are able to properly protect your eyes.
  • Remember that the eclipse is happening in August, so be prepared for summer heat and stay hydrated!
Eclipse googles


Scan to check
eclipse viewing
and times at any
location (NASA)

Scan for more
eclipse viewing
safety info.

Check out these sites for more info:

www.eclipse2017.org
www.greatamerianeclipse.com

Contact Clay County Tourism with any questions!
816-407-3659   tourism@claycountymo.gov

Schematic of an eclipse



A solar eclipse occurs
when the sun, moon, and
earth are aligned. People
located in the moon's
umbra during this
alignment will experience
a total solar eclipse. Those
located in the moon's
penumbra will experience
a partial eclipse.

Look for it in your community!

Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:56 am
Totality Starts @ 1:07:07 pm
Totality Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds

Smithville, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:51 am
Totality Starts @ 1:07:26 pm
Totality Duration: 2 minutes and 20 seconds

Liberty, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:35 am
Totality Starts @ 1:08:00 pm
Totality Duration: 2 minutes and 5 seconds

Gladstone, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:20 am
Totality Starts @ 1:07:58 pm
Totality Duration: 1 minutes and 39 seconds

North Kansas City, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:20 am
Totality Starts @ 1:08:21 pm
Totality Duration: 1 minutes and 2 seconds

Kansas City, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:19 am
Totality Starts @ 1:08:52 pm
Totality Duration: 27 seconds

Kearney, Missouri
Partial Phase Starts @ 11:41:40 am
Totality Starts @ 1:07:50 pm
Totality Duration: 2 minutes and 28 seconds