Monday, September 3, 2012

2017 Solar Eclipse Centered in Small Kentucky Town

Small Ky. town focus of eclipse chasers
By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press  / September 3, 2012
This Aug. 27, 2012 photo shows a road sign under the afternoon sun outside Hopkinsville, Ky. When the next total eclipse of the sun darkens skies over parts of the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, the afternoon event will last longer in a rural stretch near Hopkinsville than any place on the planet. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — This southwestern Kentucky town has hit the astronomical jackpot.
When a total eclipse of the sun darkens skies on Aug. 21, 2017, the show will last longer in a stretch of bucolic hill country near Hopkinsville than any place on the planet. It will last two minutes and 40 seconds, not much longer than the Kentucky Derby.
But already this town of 32,000 near the Tennessee border is making preparations to cash in on the fortuitous celestial alignment. And like the Derby, run three hours away in Louisville, the eclipse itself will be a blip in time compared to the buildup.
‘‘We will be the Mecca of the solar eclipse because we are the dead center,’’ said Cheryl Cook, executive director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Sources: Associated Press, Boston Globe.


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