Welcome to the home of the “point of greatest eclipse” for the 2017 Solar Eclipse – Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  Friends around our western Kentucky region refer to us as Hoptown, and you’re invited to as well.   We’re already planning for your visit; our southern hospitality will make you and your group feel welcome, and your Solar Eclipse experience memorable.  So, whether you are a bonified eclipse chaser, or just looking for the best place to experience Mother Nature’s rare eclipse show, we invite you to be with us in Hoptown.  Our community’s big enough to provide everything you’ll need and want for the 2017 Eclipse weekend experience.  And, we’re small enough to make sure you feel at home.  There will be lots to do and see in Hopkinsville surrounding the Eclipse, including a 3-day Summer Salute Festival featuring musical acts, entertainment and tons of food vendors from across the region. It is sure to be an incredible celebration before the sun disappears – for two minutes and forty seconds – at 1:24:41 pm on Monday, August 21, 2017.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface. But whether the alignment produces a total solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse or an annular solar eclipse depends on several factors. The fact that an eclipse can occur at all is a fluke of celestial mechanics and time. Since the moon formed about 4.5 billion years ago, it has been gradually moving away from Earth (by about 1.6 inches, or 4 centimeters per year). Right now the moon is at the perfect distance to appear in our sky exactly the same size as the sun, and therefore block it out.

For more information about the 2017 Great American Eclipse or coming to Hopkinsville, KY, Point of Greatest Eclipse, visit our website, www.eclipseville.com or contact Brooke Jung at 502-599-7657 or Brooke.Jung@hopkinsvilleky.us, Solar Eclipse Marketing & Events Consultant. We hope to see you in Hoptown for the Greatest Two Minutes in Astronomy.

Hopkinsville, KY designated the “Point of Greatest Eclipse”

2017 Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21

Begins 1:24:41 pm

Last two minutes and forty seconds

Hopkinsville eclipse web site: www.eclipseville.com

Sign up for text alerts about the solar eclipse at www.kentuckynewera.com/textalerts

Learn more about the phenomenon of solar eclipse at www.nationaleclipse.com