There is a total solar eclipse headed for the U.S. August 21, 2017. A total eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun.

It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from anywhere on mainland United States since the total solar eclipse in March 1979. The next one will be in April 2024, but it won't visible from nearly as many US locations as the 2017 eclipse.

The eclipse's path totality will run from near Portland, Oregon to near Kansas City and near Charleston, South Carolina.

It will be almost a completely full eclipse for Wichita and most of Kansas around 1:04 p.m. For Wichita the near total eclipse will begin at 11:36 a.m when the moon touches the sun’s edge.

It will reach maximum of about 90% at 1:04 p.m. when the moon is closest to the middle of the sun.

It will end with the sun emerging completely from being blocked by the moon at 2:32 p.m.
With a total duration of 2 hours and 56 minutes.