Countdown to the Solar Eclipse!

2017-04-18

The Solar Eclipse is just around the corner!  In just 4 short months, on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the west to east coast of the United States.  If you haven’t started planning, now is the time to start preparing your trip to the Kentucky Lake area for spectacular views of the eclipse.

Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is sure to be a hotspot for visitors during the Eclipse.  For around 2.5 minutes, the Eclipse will be visible from many towns in the Land Between the Lakes area.

What is the a Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the apparent size of the Moon is larger than the Sun.  This blocks all of the sunlight to Earth turning the bright daylight sky into darkness.  This eclipse will repeat roughly every 18 years producing eclipses that last between 3 and 7 minutes in length.  The last eclipse was in 1999 and the next one won’t be until 2035.

Watch the Eclipse in Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky has one of the longest durations to view the eclipse, making it one of the best places in the US to catch a glimpse!  There are several great towns throughout Western Kentucky to view the solar eclipse.  If you’re coming to the area you may want to check out these locations:

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
With the longest duration of 2 minutes and 41 seconds, this is one of the longest durations to see the eclipse.  Totality starts at 1:24:39pm CDT.

Princeton, Kentucky
Princeton is another great option to see the eclipse with a duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Totality starts at 1:23:34pm CDT.

Kuttawa, Kentucky
With 2 minutes and 38 seconds of total duration.  Totality starts at 1:23:07pm CDT.

Marion, Kentucky
With a duration 2 minutes and 31 seconds of totality, this is another great spot to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse.  Totality starts at 1:22:57pm CDT.

Paducah, Kentucky
About an hour west of Hopkinsville, Paducah Kentucky still offers about 2 minutes and 21 seconds of viewing.  Totality starts at 1:22:15pm CDT.

Aurora, Kentucky
Another great spot to view the eclipse with a totality duration of 1 minute, 59 seconds.  Totality starts at 1:23:43pm CDT. 

Where to Stay for the Kentucky Solar Eclipse

Many people started booking hotels and lodging nearly a year ago to watch the eclipse.  So if you haven’t already booked your hotel, now is the time to start looking for a spot.

The Kentucky Lake area has plenty of hotels, cabins, resorts, and campgrounds - so there’s a good chance you can still find a great spot for the Eclipse for you and the whole family.

If you’re as excited as we area, you’ve already booked your lodging and area already making plans to head out to the Kentucky Lake area for spectacular views of the eclipse.  We’re looking forward to it and we hope you have an excellent time in the area!

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