Northwest Missouri prepares for 2017 Great American Eclipse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A celestial event in 2017 is already creating excitement in northwest Missouri.

The “Great American Eclipse” — a total eclipse of the sun — is expected to darken the skies on Aug. 20-21, 2017, and thousands of people are likely to visit the region.

The Kansas City Star reports that Michael Bakich with Astronomy Magazine is planning a massive watch party at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph.

An owner of a bed & breakfast in St. Joseph says she’s already sold out for that weekend, with one caller from Spain.

Beth Conway, a spokeswoman for the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the city will offer other watch sites to accommodate the interest and take advantage of a big economic boost to the area.

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