Look out for the Great American Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. It has been almost a century since the shadow of the moon blocked out the sun in a total solar eclipse, going from coast to coast across the contiguous United States. Though most of the 50 states will be witness to a partial eclipse, the path of total solar eclipse will make its way through the following US states:
Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
The total eclipse will be passing through the southwestern counties of Kentucky, but will completely miss the central and northern parts of the state. Kentucky is also the state where the total eclipse shall be visible for its longest duration. It shall be visible between 1 minute, and 2 minutes and 41 seconds depending on where you are.
The Great American Solar Eclipse shall be visible in Kentucky between 1:21 pm CDT and 1:30 pm CDT.
Best Places to view the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 in Kentucky
The following cities, towns, and communities shall fall in the path of totality:
- Bowling Green
- Dawson Springs
- Oak Grove
The rest of the state including the cities of Lexington, Louisville, London, Frankfort (capital of Kentucky), and Owensboro will miss the total eclipse. If you’re in any of these parts, we suggest you move into the path of totality to witness this rare phenomenon.
The airports that serve the communities located on the path of totality include:
- Bowling Green Airport
- Barkley Regional Airport
- Henderson City-County Airport
Hopkinsville, a city of about 35,000 is being promoted as the best destination to view the eclipse from. It is being called the “great eclipse epicenter” due to its location close to the center of the path of totality and the fact that it is one of the places where the eclipse shall last longest. It is expected that thousands of people will land in Hopkinsville to witness the eclipse.