The last total eclipse viewed from the contiguous United States was on Feb. 26, 1979, passing through states in the northwest as far east as North Dakota. The next total eclipse will be on April 8, 2024, with totality visible from Texas to Maine. This eclipse will feature about 94 percent of the sun eclipsed in the Harvey County area.   Three highlights 1. A viewing partyYou can watch the Solar Eclipse from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Newton Public Library. Glasses will be dispensed at the NPL event for safe viewing, thanks to the Space Science Institute.


2. A musical performance

To mark the rare occurrence of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse path over North America, the Hesston College music and science areas will team up for a special presentation at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 19 at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program is free and open to the public. The special programming will feature eclipse-themed music by the Bel Canto Singers and a TED-style talk about the solar event by natural science professor Dr. Jim Yoder.  3. Get some safety glasses and look up

In Newton, the partial eclipse will begin just after 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, with maximum darkness (nearly 94 percent obscuration) expected around 1:04 p.m., according to The partial eclipse will then end at approximately 2:32 p.m.  Solar filters (i.e. eclipse glasses) or handheld solar viewers must be used at all times when viewing the eclipse. More information on best and safest viewing policies — including a list of vendors of solar filters and viewers — can be found at