An almost total solar eclipse over Sabetha

Mark your calendars for Monday, April 8, when a total solar eclipse is set to captivate viewers across North America, passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada.

According to NASA, the eclipse’s path of totality will stretch from the southwestern United States, crossing through portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, before exiting into Canada. Small parts of Tennessee and Michigan will also experience the total solar eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. As the moon obscures the sun, daylight dims, temperatures drop and the sky takes on an ethereal twilight hue.

Although Sabetha is not directly in the path of totality, as it was in 2017, we will experience 84 percent maximum coverage of the sun at 1:53 p.m. The solar eclipse will extend over approximately two and a half hours, beginning at 12:38 p.m., reaching its peak at 1:53 p.m. and will conclude at 3:09 p.m. The current weather forecast — as of Tuesday, April 2 — looks promising with temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Experts advise taking precautions when viewing the eclipse to protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation. Specialized eclipse glasses or solar filters are essential for safe viewing, as looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage. However, since we are not in the path of totality, the Mary Cotton Public Library does not have eclipse glasses to give out this year.

If you decide to take a road trip to get the best and darkest glimpse of the event, plan ahead as communities along the eclipse’s path will experience heavy traffic, overpopulated areas and full hotels.

According to the Great American Eclipse website — — the areas in the path of total eclipse within easy driving distance from Kansas are northeast Texas, the southeast tip of Oklahoma, central and northern Arkansas, and southeast Missouri.

Julie Shafer44 Posts

Julie Shafer is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2021. Julie lives in Morrill with her husband and three of her five children.


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