On August 21, a total solar eclipse will black out the sun in the middle of the afternoon as the moon locks into perfect positioning between the Earth and the sun for the first time in 26 years. What makes this eclipse particularly unusual is that it will pass through the heart of America, with the 70-mile-wide “path of totality” (in which the sun is completely obscured by the moon) stretching across the middle of the country from Oregon to South Carolina.
If the weather cooperates, pretty much anyone in Kansas will see an impressive partial eclipse, but if you want the whole enchilada, the coveted totality, head for the top right corner of the state, the only region experiencing the full blackout. Fortunately, the clutch of towns at Ground Zero are rolling out the welcome mat, but remember that these are for the most part tiny communities will little, sometimes nothing, in the way of hotels and eateries. No matter what, you’re not here for the local color -- you’re here to see the first total solar eclipse since 1979 (don’t forget your glasses).