TEC staff watches Total Solar Eclipse
Aug 21st, 2017
The astronomical event known as the Total Solar Eclipse has been discussed across all media platforms for months now. Towns such as Hopkinsville, Kentucky who happened to be in the path of totality, have been preparing for this event for years. Over 50,000 people were expected to descend on the southwestern town in Kentucky to experience this rare event. While the United States experienced a partial solar eclipse in the late 1970s, we have not experieced a total solar eclipse in this country since the early 1900s.
From watching the news and scanning social media, the event did not disappoint. As the New York Times put it, "The Total Solar Eclipse leaves a nation in awe." The path of totality took a narrow path across the country traveling at 2000 m.p.h. Towns in parts of such states as Oregon, Kentucky, and South Carolina experienced a Total Solar Eclipse (where the moon completely covered the sun) but the entire country experienced some of type of eclipse. One neat aspect of the path of totality is that it crossed small towns, national parks, farmlands, to big metropolitan cities. People traveled near and far to witness this event.
Here in Louisville, Kentucky, we experienced 90% coverage. Our staff at the Taustine Eye Center were excited to use their approved glasses to witness this rare astronomical event.
We could feel the temperature drop some and the sky definitely darkened. Dr. Taustine commented on how he was outside for 30 mintues but yet never felt his skin getting hot. Keep in mind it was in the lower to mid 90s today. It was also a strange experience seeing a blue sky, yet seeming like the sun had already set for the day.
The next eclipse will be April 8, 2024.
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