Students across KS take break from classroom to view solar eclipse

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. A banana and a smile. Those are just two ways fifth-and-sixth-grade students in Valley Center described Monday's solar eclipse.

The Valley Center school district was one of several across Kansas that gave its students a break from the classroom to view the rare solar event. Locally, the moon covered about 93 percent of the sun at the peak of the eclipse that, in all, lasted about three hours.

The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. happens on April 8, 2024, but will not include any of Kansas. The path of totality first will touch Mexico, enter the U.S. in southwest Texas, travel through much of the Lone star State, part of southeast Oklahoma, eastern Missouri, western Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, southeast Michigan, up to the northeast U.S. to Maine, through to the maritime provinces of Canada.

The next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse happens in 2045.