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Try to find a hotel room in St. Joseph, Missouri a year from now, and you might be disappointed. On August 21, 2017, tens of thousands of visitors will have descended on the city to watch a remarkably rare event: a total solar eclipse.

St. Joseph falls in the small band in which the entirety of the sun will be blocked by the moon, causing the sky to go dark.

Total Eclipse Of The Sun

Aug 2, 2016
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On Aug. 21, 2017, the day will become night ... well, at least for a few minutes. For those lucky enough to be in the right place, this will be a total eclipse. And it just so happens that this time around, St. Joseph, Missouri is that place.

We explore this celestial anomaly, and check in with St. Joseph, where hotels and inns are already booked for the big event.


courtesy of David Lane

For Kansas City photographer David Lane, the night sky is a canvas where he composes Milky Way-themed works of art.

“The glow that is in those pictures is from 250 billion suns," Lane says. "To see that represented, it helps give our place in the universe."

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A Kansas Citian with a lifelong love for the night sky took up astrophotography when he realized that some of his favorite images of space were captured here on earth, with no more than a telescope for technological support. Now his photographs are routinely recognized by such organizations as NASA, The Huffington Post and TIME Magazine.

To The Stars From KC

Jul 22, 2013
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There are plenty of spots to stargaze in Kansas City, and you never know what celestial bodies you might find-- even the Andromeda galaxy.

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Jul 22, 2013

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

Stargazing in KC

Mar 14, 2013

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.

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An eastern Kansas man who built his own telescope and operates it from a shed in his back yard has discovered a previously unknown and potentially hazardous asteroid.

Gary Hug lives near Scranton. He was trying to help plot the orbit of a known Near Earth Object when he noticed something Sunday night that appeared to be moving too slow to be a satellite, but too fast to be a main belt asteroid.

Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered

Jun 6, 2012
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If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you’re not going to have another chance to see it. 

Sylvie Beland / NASA

A rare astronomical event will be visible over the skies of Kansas City at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 5—the transit of Venus.  That’s when Venus, from our viewpoint, will pass across the sun.

There's a small spacecraft called Messenger that's been orbiting the planet Mercury for a year. Today, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, astronomers revealed what they've learned about the innermost planet in our solar system, and some of the new knowledge is puzzling.

Maria Zuber, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studied a large crater 900 miles across called Caloris.