Dorri Partain 
Assistant Editor 

While southeastern Missouri will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, residents in the Kansas City area will not ‘totally’ miss out.

According to the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, our portion of the state will experience 91% totality, as the moon passes in front of the sun.  The moon will begin its path in front of the sun at 12:39 p.m. By 1:56 pm, 91% of the sun will be blocked by the moon and last approximately four minutes before the moon continues across, ending its passage by 3:15 pm.

During that three and a half hour period, only look at the sun using special solar eclipse glasses, as illustrated by the staff of the Northeast News. The dark filtering lenses will allow safe viewing but will only need to be worn while looking up at the sun.

To inform our readers about the upcoming eclipse, the Northeast News has provided an eight chapter series produced by the Missouri Press Foundation’s Newspapers in Education project. Through a sponsorship by Revolution Educativa, and our Spanish Education reporter Daisy Montoya-Garcia, the Northeast News has been able to provide this series in both English and Spanish; which in turn has been made available to additional publications through the Missouri Press Association. The entire series can be read at

The next solar eclipse across the continental United States will occur in 2045.

To read more on what to expect on April 8th, check out our Eclipse education series

Need the Spanish version? Check out the link below!