Where will you be on August 21st? Hundreds and perhaps thousands of people will converge on the tiny town of Troy, in extreme northeast Kansas, for something that hasn't been visible in Kansas for nearly a century: a total solar eclipse that runs from coast to coast. KPR's J. Schafer has more.
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Total Solar Eclipse Coming to Kansas on Monday, August 21, 2017
The first coast-to-coast, total solar eclipse visible from Kansas in nearly 100 years takes place next month. And one of the best places to view it will be in the tiny town of Troy, north of Atchison. Adrienne Korson, director of economic development for Doniphan County, says Troy will experience a complete solar eclipse -- or "totality" -- for two minutes and 38 seconds. That's longer than almost anywhere else in America.
While it's hard to predict, Korson says hundreds and perhaps thousands of people will converge on Troy for the once in a lifetime event. The total solar eclipse takes place in Troy at 1:05pm on Monday, August 21st. The community is planning a celebration with events and activities on Sunday and Monday. The next eclipse won't return to Kansas until August of 2045, when it will be passing through the southwest corner of the state.