TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Several eclipse watch parties are being announced ahead of a rare solar event set to appear above much of the U.S.

An annular solar eclipse, otherwise known as a ‘ring of fire’ eclipse, will appear overhead on Oct. 14, 2023, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The event will be viewable by people living in North, Central and South America.

Kansans will be able to view anywhere between 60-80% of the eclipse, depending on where they live in the state. Those living in the northeast will be on the low end of this figure with those living in the southwest being able to see the majority of the eclipse. The eclipse will be seen at different times depending on where you’re located in the state.

Local astronomy groups and observatories have events planned to watch this event next month. More details on each one can be found below.

Washburn University

Karen Camarda, professor and chair of physics and astronomy at Washburn University (WU) in Topeka, told KSNT News there will be a watch party from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn south of Stoffer Science Hall at 1700 SW College Avenue. The eclipse will be viewable from 10:23 a.m. to 1:19 p.m. from this area. You do not need to sign up for this event, and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Eclipse glasses, which are necessary to view a solar event like this safely, will be available at no cost while supplies last on the day of the event. You should never look at an eclipse without the use of protective equipment, according to NASA. Camarda said a telescope with a solar filter will also be on hand for people to look through. Other methods to view an eclipse safely will be shared during the event.

For more information, you are encouraged to reach out to the physics and astronomy department at 785-670-2141 or by sending an email to You can also check the Crane Observatory website before going to the event to see if there has been a cancellation or delays due to weather.

Powell Observatory

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, the Astronomical Society of Kansas City at Powell Observatory will be holding an eclipse viewing event. The eclipse will start at 10:25 a.m. and reach its maximum point at 11:50 a.m., according to the observatory.

Astronomical activities, games and learning opportunities will be present for the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and family members to help celebrate the occasion. Free eclipse glasses will be available at the observatory.

People looking to participate will need to get tickets, which can be found by clicking here. Ticket prices range from free for children under five up to $10 for adults and teens over 13. The observatory can be found at 26500 Melrose Street in Louisburg.

Lawrence Public Library

The Astronomy Associates of Lawrence (AAL) said it would hold an eclipse observation event on the Lawrence Public Library’s lawn, according to a social media post from the organization. The event can be found at 707 Vermont Street and will go from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Telescopes will be on hand for people to view the eclipse safely, according to the AAL. For more information, you can reach out to the AAL at 785-864-4626 or send an email to

Flint Hills Discovery Center

The Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan will be holding an eclipse viewing event with K-State Professor Chris Sorensen giving a special presentation at 10 a.m. on the day of the eclipse, according to the center’s social media. During this presentation, Sorensen will talk about safe ways to view an eclipse and what is special about it.

The eclipse will reach its maximum around 11:45 a.m., at which point people will be able to see 70% of it. The viewing will be at the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Blue Earth Plaza from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to attend with telescopes and solar viewing glass being provided for the occasion.

Ellis Public Library

The Ellis Public Library in northwestern Kansas will be holding an eclipse watch party in Memorial Park from 10:30 a.m. till the peak of the eclipse at 11:45 a.m., according to the library’s social media. A solar safe telescope, sun spotter and solar glasses will be provided to those who show up along with “Eclipse Cookies.”

The library can be found at 907 Washington Street in Ellis. To keep up with updates from the library on the watch party, you can check out its Facebook or go to its website.

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