Total solar eclipse is less than two months away

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WICHITA, Kan. In 47 days millions of people in the U.S. will stop what they're doing and look to the sky. A total solar eclipse is coming to the United States.

It's being called the Great American Eclipse. It will happen in the afternoon on August 21st. If you live in Kansas, you will see at least part of it.

We went to Wichita State University to find out what people know about that big day.

"I actually don't know that much. I just know that whenever my mom tells me about it, she's like, let's go outside and see it," said Sarah Spillman.

"Yes, I did hear about it, quite long ago, but yeah, I did hear about it," said Vhani Vuka.

If it's been awhile for you too, here's what happens in a total solar eclipse. The sun, moon and earth line up perfectly.

Even though the moon is significantly smaller than the sun, it's just the right distance from earth to appear the same size.

The moon then blocks the sun's light, casting a shadow on earth, turning day to night.

"I'm excited. That's really cool actually," said Jake Jacoby.

The eclipse will race from Oregon to South Carolina at about 1,500 miles per hour, crossing over Lincoln, Nebraska and Kansas City. The last total eclipse to cross the entire United States was in 1918.

"It's close enough to be able to see something like that, and that sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity since, you know, the end of World War I," said Jacoby.

A lot of people have several questions about the eclipse, including, 'Will my sunglasses be enough for me to really experience it?'
Over the next couple of weeks, leading up to August 21st. Eyewitness news will answer your questions to make sure you are as prepared as possible.
Tomorrow we'll tell you where you need to go to get the best view, what time it will happen and how long it will last.

If you have a question about the eclipse that you want answered, or have a cool fact to share. Send Scott an email at sevans@kwch.com.