Viewing preparations this Saturday and big event on Aug. 21

All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.  A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.  The path, where the moon will completely cover the sun, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, SC., passing through portions of 14 states.  Kansas is included.
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.
* In order to prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, the Augusta Public Library and Kansas Astronomical Observers will host a solar viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July. 29, at Shryock Park.  
* The Solar Eclipse viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at Shryock Park.  There will be a limited supply  of solar glasses.  Activities up until the peak of the eclipse around 1 p.m.  The public is invited to the free event