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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7fa0000Countdown to August 21We're sure you know by now that a total solar eclipse will make its way from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, August 21, but are you prepared? Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. KMUW has information on the proper ways to watch a solar eclipse, historical context, and ways to mark this much-anticipated celestial event. And on August 21, you can follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with KMUW, Kansas News Service, and NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.In the meantime, peruse our stories below, including Deborah Shaar's feature on How To Watch A Solar Eclipse Safely, Beth Golay's Marginalia interview with David Baron, author of American Eclipse, and here are some great resources from our friends at SciFri!

Don't Toss Them! Sedgwick County Zoo Collecting Used Eclipse Glasses

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The Sedgwick County Zoo wants your used protective eclipse glasses.

The zoo is collecting the special glasses for the Astronomers Without Borders group.

The nonprofit distributes the glasses to people in other countries so they can safely view future solar eclipses.

You can drop-off glasses at the zoo in Wichita through August 28.

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