Dark? Cold? Here’s what to expect with Monday’s solar eclipse

Sky already looks different

We all know Monday’s eclipse [August 21, 2017] will be a rare sight, and one you should view with safety-approved glasses.

But if you want to be the smartest person at your eclipse watch party, there’s more you should know.

Professor Mark Brodwin“It gets dark, and it gets cold, and the wind picks up, and the birds freak out, and you can see stars,” said Mark Brodwin, a UMKC astronomy and astrophysics professor.

“It’s a very surreal and emotional experience, I’ve read. I can’t wait to experience it myself,” Brodwin said.

Despite the rumors, the world won’t end Monday.

“The earth’s still going to go around the sun, moon’s still going to go around the earth for a very long time,” said Joe Wright with the UMKC Warkoczewski Obervatory.

From our view, 99 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. But you’ll still need your ISO-certified glasses.

KMBC 9 solar eclipse simulation“The difference between the sun being blocked by 99 percent and 100 percent is huge. One percent of the sun’s light is still 10,000 times brighter than the moon,” said Brodwin.

You also don’t have to wait until Monday to notice a change in the sky.

“Each morning they can watch the moon march towards the sun, towards totality,” said Wright.

Both say to live in the moment that day with your eyes, not your phone.

In Kansas City, it will still look close to daylight.

North of the river, it will look like nighttime — dark enough for people to see the stars.

[KMBC 9 News]