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Protect your eyes during solar eclipse

For the first time in 148 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible across Missouri.
This summer Lee’s Summit is in a great spot to view it. Although some are traveling north to St. Joseph or east toward the middle of the state to see the totality, we can see 99 percent of the sun covered from our own backyard on Aug. 21 just after 1 p.m.

A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. Depending on where you view this event on Earth, the sun is either partially (partial eclipse) or totally (total eclipse) obscured by the moon. This spectacular event allows us to briefly glimpse the sun’s corona (its outer atmosphere). The path of the total eclipse’s shadow is about 70 miles across and just misses Lee’s Summit.

Everyone’s likely heard horror stories about looking directly at the sun and permanent damage it can cause. This can be avoided if you follow a few simple guidelines:

Most importantly: Don’t look directly at the sun, not even briefly. The only exception is during complete totality, which is less than 2 minutes long. Lee’s Summit will NOT experience totality, so keep your glasses on unless you travel and the sun in completely covered.

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