Kansas City welcomes an event of astronomical proportions this summer. Visitors from all over the world will gather in nearby St. Joseph, Mo., a city located in the direct path of a total solar eclipse. The cosmological event, which will occur when the moon completely blocks out the sun on Aug. 21, is the first of its kind to be visible in the contiguous United States since 1979. Shortly after 1 p.m., Downtown KC will go dark for about three minutes. Naturally, expect viewing parties all across the area, including a free public observing event at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph.