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Eclipse chasers have excellent view of totality during Solar Fest 2017

July 27, 2017 – The planning stage for Excelsior Springs’ one and only Solar Festival is well underway with a long list of activities for residents and tourists to enjoy.

The total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, Aug. 21 and will be visible in totality only within a specific band across the United States with Excelsior Springs listed as a prime viewing location. Most activities planned for Solar Fest will take place one day prior, on Sunday, Aug. 20, freeing up the time of the solar eclipse for viewing.

The Solar Eclipse Festival committee has a day’s worth of activities planned on Sunday, beginning at noon and stretching out until 8 p.m. that night.

“We are still finalizing a few things, but the schedule that we have is up on the website at VisitExcelsior.com/SolarFest,” said Courtney Cole.

In preparation for the big day, the committee anticipated the community’s needs and pre-purchased certified eclipse glasses, which are now available for purchase for $1 at either the Excelsior Springs Visitor’s Center, located at the Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway Ave., or at the Chamber of Commerce, 461 S Thompson Ave. NASA announced that looking directly at the sun during the eclipse is considered unsafe and the only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed sun is through special purpose solar filter glasses, such as the ones purchased by the committee.

Along with the glasses, commemorative t-shirts will also be available, according to Cole. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred was in June of 1918. The shirts will be available for purchase for $10 during the festival and will be printed with glow-in-the-dark ink.

Read the full story in the Friday, July 28 issue of the Standard 

By Jae Juarez • jae@leaderpress.com

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3 Responses to Eclipse chasers have excellent view of totality during Solar Fest 2017

  1. Ramón Lucero Marquez Reply

    August 10, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I everybody Excelsior Springs. I live in Mexico City. I have a plan for visit with my family Excelsior Springs in August 21 for to watch the Total Solar Eclipse. I wish to take many shots about this event with my telescope. Please, can you tell me if there are some places in Excelsior Springs for to stay with my astronomy equipe during the eclipse.

    I will appreciate so much your information.

    I know that Excelsior Springs admires the Maya Culture. I wish to bring some souvenirs gifts of this culture. I hope to know this beautiful Town with my family.

    Thank so much for your help

    See you soon!!!

    • Skyla Sullivan Reply

      August 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Hi! Some great local places are the Elms Hotel and Spa, Sunnyside Cottage B&B, Bill Payne Jailhouse B&B and the Inn on Crescent Lake. Hope you enjoy your stay!

    • Donna Reply

      August 21, 2017 at 6:28 am

      I would love to see your telescope photos please. I am a photographer without a telescope. Enjoy the day.

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