Bismarck man traveling to Wyoming to see eclipse

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Much of the country is anticipating next month's total solar eclipse.

Only parts of the U.S. will be able to see the moon totally block out the sun. North Dakotans will only see 85 percent totality.

A Bismarck man plans on travelling to Wyoming to see the rare occurrence.

It's been 37 years since Tony Musumba has seen a total solar eclipse.

The last time, he had no idea what was happening.

"It started getting darker and darker, and we were like: 'What's going on? Is it the end of the world or not?" said Musumba, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bismarck State College.

He was an eight-year-old boy growing up in Kenya.

"One thing that I remember was that the chickens. We had some chickens in Nairobi that came to roost thinking it was nighttime," said Musumba.

But, the physics and astronomy professor plans to be ready this time around.

He'll be in Torrington, Wyo., "One of the few locations across the U.S. where all of the sun will be blocked out.

"It was an experience that I really want to experience again. That's why I'm going to Wyoming," said Musumba.

And he's bringing his children with him. Who he says know more about science than he as a child.

"The sun is shining as it always does during the day, the moon crosses between the earth and the sun. And anybody in that shadow right there- is seeing an eclipse," said Courtney Stultz, educational outreach coordinator at Gateway To Science.

The eclipse will hit Wyoming around 11:40 Mountain time that day, and Musumba says he'll be waiting for it.

"So if you're in the path of totality, you see 100 percent. We're not in that path. But we're going to see a significant change in sunlight," said Stultz.

Gateway to Science center will also be holding an eclipse party on Aug. 21.

They will be doing activities and demonstrations.

The eclipse is expected to pass North Dakota during the late morning.