Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 2017: Keep your eyes toward the sky

This month is stacking up to be a good one if you're into watching heavenly bodies

No, we don't mean watching reruns of Baywatch... In the very near future you'll be able to witness not only a stellar meteor shower, but also a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, all happening this month.

The Perseid meteor shower is said that it will literally light up the night sky and that some of the meteors will actually be visible during the day. It begins in a few days on August 11th and runs through the 13th. The peak of activity will be on the 12th. Best seats for the show are anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere- watch mainly in the northern sky.

And surely you've heard there is going to be a solar eclipse on August 21st, with the local epicenter of darkness happening in the north Kansas City/St. Joseph area. As the moon passes between earth and sun, the track of darkness will last several minutes north of us; around Bates County we should experience about 90% darkness at the peak starting around 1:10 pm.

You can enter the zip code of where you'll be to find the exact time for that area here https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map

More info regarding the eclipse can be found here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how