The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the United States was July 11, 1991, and even then it could only be seen from part of Hawaii. Since that time, sky watchers have had their sights set on August 21, 2017, which will mark the first time since February 26, 1979, a total solar eclipse has been visible from the contiguous United States. While this eclipse will be the first since 1918 with a path of totality crossing the USA’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the ideal location to view it will be nestled in the heart of western Kentucky.
The exact location is situated on the Orchard Dale historical farm, just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the Bainbridge/Sinking Fork area of Christian County. The duration of totality will only last two minutes and 40 seconds, but this will represent the longest opportunity to view the eclipse in the entire world.
Billed as “the most exciting 2 minutes, 40 seconds in astronomy,” the 2017 eclipse is already generating plenty of excitement in the Hopkinsville area, with local officials already fielding questions concerning everything from lodging to where to grab a bite to eat. Hopefully, we can help you answer some of those questions right here. Take a moment and check out our sections on What Is An Eclipse, Eclipse Viewing Tips, Kentucky Eclipse Viewing Locations and get prepared for this once in a lifetime event!
Illustration above is courtesy NASA