Partial solar eclipse visible from OP April 8

The views from Overland Park on April 8 will be out of this world. Keep your eyes on the skies to catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse! 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting its shadow on our planet, a rare alignment that only happens when the orbits intersect just right.

While Overland Park may not be in the path of totality, weather permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8. 

Remember to never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, like solar viewing glasses. If you plan on capturing photos of the event, be sure to use a solar filter on your camera.

For optimal viewing, avoid areas with tall buildings or trees that might block your sightline. 

Need some space to see the sunsational show? Head to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens for an unobstructed view of the sky. Solar eclipse viewing glasses are available to purchase in the LongHouse Visitor Center gift shop (limited stock). 

Take advantage of this stellar event: our next opportunity to view a solar eclipse from the majority of the United States won’t occur again until August 2044! You can learn more about the solar eclipse on NASA’s website.