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A total eclipse of the sun, visible from northeast Kansas, will occur on August 21st. This is the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, and the first seen in Kansas in nearly 100 years.

Kansas State University Distinguished professor Chris Sorensen says the eclipse occurs when the moon gets exactly in front of the sun and its shadow falls upon the earth, creating a linear alignment.

Northeast Kansas will see the path of totality, a 68-mile-wide area, in which the moon completely covers the sun for two minutes and the sun’s corona will be visible. Over the next several months, Sorensen says Kansas State will be hosting events leading up to the eclipse.

Sorensen says he wants to make sure everyone understands the astronomical importance of this event.

Eclipse events at Kansas State, which include an astronomy viewing night and an eclipse watch party, kick-off tomorrow (4/11) with the 2017 Neff Public Lecture in Physics hosted by NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak, known as “Mr. Eclipse” for his work in the industry. His presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Cardwell Hall. More information about the 2017 Total Eclipse can be found at: www.ksu.edu/eclipse.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.