KEEP WATCH IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS MEETUP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MORE DETAILS! LOCATION IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON CLOUD COVER!
We will meet at the predetermined location 6-6:30am on Monday, August 21, carpool and travel caravan style to a site in NE Kansas (alternately SW Nebraska or S/SE to Missouri). Maps of the path of totality are readily available on the internet. Depending on our location, the eclipse officially starts at “first contact” at 11:47am with totality about 1:06-1:08pm. That is the most important time and lasts at most 2 min 40 sec. Then the moon starts to move away from the sun and the eclipse ends at 2:30.
Traffic is predicted to be extremely heavy and there may be long delays and possible gridlock on Interstate highways (thus the early departure time). Our route to NE Kansas should avoid much of the heavy traffic.
Be sure to bring a cooler with water & your favorite beverages, lunch & snack items, sunscreen, comfortable chair, broad brimmed hat or umbrella for shade. We have a dozen eclipse glasses to share and will have a 90mm refractor telescope on hand with solar filter for safe viewing.
Not since 1979 has a total solar eclipse occurred in the continental United States! Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime opportunity. As described in the 7/30/17 Sunday Des Moines Register: “Pictures do not convey the experience of totality,” says Dr. Kate Russo at beingintheshadow.com. “Nothing you read, see or hear can prepare you for the spine-tingling, goosebumps-inducing experience of the total eclipse. You do not simply see a total eclipse. You experience it. You are immersed in it. You are completely overwhelmed by it. Many people say that the experience of totality changes their lives.”
Rory Moe with 90mm refractor equipped with solar filter for safe viewing!