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Kansas is preparing for solar eclipse

August 21, 2017 - 10:26 am

Kansas is preparing for the country's first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918.

Most in Kansas will see a partial eclipse on Monday. More than 90 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon in Wichita and most of southeastern, central and northwestern Kansas.

The peak of the eclipse will occur shortly after 1 p.m. Live coverage to be heard on KNSS. 

Students in a northeast Kansas school district will get to watch the eclipse after all.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that concerns were raised about the safety of the viewing glasses that the Eudora Schools Foundation and Eudora Elementary PTO had purchased months in advance so all district students could watch the eclipse. The district said Friday that the glasses were believed to be counterfeit.

But Eudora Superintendent Steve Splichal released a statement Sunday reporting all the sunglasses had been tested by a certified laboratory professional and found to exceed safety standards for eclipse viewing. The glasses were then individually inspected for defects.

Splichal wrote that two donors also provided more sunglasses from verified sources. The district now has enough sunglasses for all students.

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