Solar Eclipse 2017

eclipse pathAbout the Eclipse in Kentucky

Make plans to spend time in Paducah to experience the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  Many areas in Kentucky will provide great viewing opportunities.  On that date, millions of people across the United States will see a rare celestial event — a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon completely blocks the Sun causing daytime to become a deep twilight.  The Sun's corona will shimmer in the darkened sky. 

Kentucky experiences the longest eclipse duration in the narrow path of totality which spans a diagonal line of the contiguous United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Paducah is part of a narrow path in which the total solar eclipse will reach totality at approximately 1:24 p.m.  Nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky is considered to be the point of greatest eclipse with a duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  The entire process from when the eclipse begins to when the moon does not block the sun takes around three hours.

Celebratory Events and Lodging

Celebratory eclipse events are being planned and will be listed through the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau in addition to a list of available lodging.

Local Viewing

Paducah offers numerous parks so that you can sit back and enjoy the eclipse.  Popular parks that have large parking areas are 

Web Resources

Great American Eclipse website >> 

NASA's Solar Eclipse webpage >>

Eclipse Viewing Tips (Eye Protection Guidance) >>