The Solar Eclipse

About a year ago, Kurt informed me that he would be making plans for the weekend of our 29th wedding anniversary, August 20-21, 2017.  My ears perked up, and a bright smile crept across my face as I remembered the last trip that he planned, an adventure in Aspen, Colorado!

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Maroon Bells in Aspen

My mind started racing as thoughts of new exploration began dancing around.  Where was he taking me?  Washington or Oregon?  The Florida Keys?  Perhaps Maine?

“We’re going to Kentucky to see the solar eclipse.”

Hmmm

I admit, at first, I was a bit skeptical, but, after a bit of research, the idea is growing on me to the point that I’ve actually purchased special glasses for the viewing.

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This is truly a once in a lifetime event.    Not since 1979 has an eclipse darkened the mainland of the United States.  Furthermore, the eclipse that we will experience on August 21st will be first in 99 years that will stretch from coast to coast!

Unfortunately, the Natural State will not be in the path of the eclipse, thus our journey north to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, aka, Eclipseville, so named because it is the point of the Greatest Eclipse, which is defined as the instant when the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the center of Earth.  What that means is that folks in Hopkinsville will get to enjoy the eclipse for a few more seconds than every one else, a whopping 2 minutes and 40 seconds!  There, at 1:21 p.m., the moon will pass between the sun and the earth, leaving all observers in total darkness!

We discussed making hotel reservations last fall; however, the busyness of the holidays took over, leaving eclipse plans in the dust.  Now, most rooms within an hour’s drive are booked, or are available at ridiculous prices (some more than $300/night!).  We’ve found a place about 100 miles away, and plan to drive in early the day of the eclipse.

Along with my sunglasses, Kurt has purchased a new solar filter for this event.  He tested it out the other day.

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I can’t wait to see the fruits of this expedition!

 

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