According to NASA, the Gardner-Edgerton area is in the path of a partial eclipse. This partial eclipse will reach its maximum impact at 1:08 p.m.
GE staff members are preparing for the Aug. 21, solar eclipse with an emphasis on both learning and safety. Principals and teachers will determine the level of eclipse participation for their students based on grade level. Students viewing the eclipse will be provided special eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.
More information about the eclipse is available on a NASA website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
The web site provides general information as well as facts and misconceptions regarding eclipses; printable pinhole viewers; plans for an eclipse party; and sharing eclipse images on Flickr.
JCPRD hosts eclipse viewing events
Total Eclipse in the Parks is being hosted by Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at three county parks: Antioch, Heritage and Shawnee Mission.
JCPRD invites residents to bring a blanket or lawn chair, water, and settle in to visit a near 100 percent eclipse. Lunch will be available from local food trucks.
The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Viewers are cautioned to wear protective eclipse viewing glasses to avoid damage to the eyes. Only 200 glasses will be handed out per park, so please be prepared to provide your own viewing device.
Camping, fishing in eclipse’s path
Due to the number of inquiries regarding camping and viewing sites for the eclipse, the Knsas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have issued a few tips:
• Remember that most state fishing lakes and wildlife areas are not equipped with the same amenities featured at state parks
• Set up camp in designated areas only
• Keep vehicles on maintained roads and parking lots
• Make sure four-legged companions are leashed
• Only light fires in fire rings and grills
• Bring (and use) a trash bag for waste, as trash containers are not available on all premises
While alcohol is permitted on some public properties, no alcohol is allowed at Atchison State Fishing Lake (SFL), Brown SFL, and Elwood and Burr Oak wildlife areas
For more information on public lands, visit ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations.