What Is A Solar Eclipse?

Have you been wondering what all this Eclipse talk is about?  If you’re like to rest of us, you may not know exactly what to expect!  Bridgette, from the iFamily Mom Squad, is here to give us the scoop on the Eclipse of the century!  Check it out…

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

I’m sure these past few weeks, maybe even months, you have heard that something big was coming and to plan for it! But just incase you haven’t, this year, on Monday, August 21st a spectacular event known as a total solar eclipse will be seen all throughout North America.

What is a solar eclipse? I will give you a hint, it doesn’t have to do with any Twilight Sagas lol, just kidding. But honestly what is a total solar eclipse? Well according to NASA, a total solar eclipse is the “path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona”. Sounds exciting right?!  Being able to look up in the middle of the day only to see the sun covered by the moon! Awesome!

Who can see it? Pretty much everyone in North America and some regions of South America will be able to experience at least a partial solar eclipse. However, according to NASA, only 14 states throughout the US will actually be able to see it in totality. Want to make sure you can see it in totality? Check out this interactive map to see where you can see it https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html !

How can you keep safe? We all know one should never directly look into the sun, even when it is partially covered. Nasa recommend that you use what they call sun filtering glasses. The protect your eyes from looking at the sun so you can enjoy the entire occasion. While it is ok to look directly at the sun during total eclipse, you’ll want to have some with you the entire time.

Where to watch in KC?

There are several places around the metro area where you can attend a viewing party and get some free shades! Check out this list below of places that are giving away free solar eclipse glasses while supplies last!

  • Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark – August 19, 20.
  • Kansas City T-Bones – August 19, 20.
  • Sporting KC – August 19.
  • Cabela’s – August 21.
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience – August 19, 20.
  • All Wyandotte County Museums – August 19, 20.
  • Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery – August 21.
  • Legends Outlets Kansas City (Management or Security Office) – August 19-21.
  • Science City – August 20
  • Independence Square– August 18-21

Are you ready to experience this awesome event? We know we are!

From iFamily to Yours,