2017 Solar Eclipse


Less than a year away now from a total solar eclipse expected to draw thousands of tourists to western Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a website for the event.

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Less than a year from now, Hopkinsville will have the best seat to witness the first total eclipse seen from the continental United States in over 37 years.

The August 21st, 2017 solar eclipse will last only about 3 minutes, but is expected to draw in tens of millions in tourism revenue for local business as tourists flock in from around the world.

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Officials in western Kentucky and southern Illinois are planning for next year's arrival of tourists hoping to snag the best spot for a rare solar eclipse. 

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The Kentucky Senate adopted a resolution Tuesday recognizing Hopkinsville as the “best place on Earth” to view next year’s total solar eclipse.

The resolution was introduced by 3rd District state Sen. Whitney Westerfield.

Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation

Hopkinsville city officials are rebranding the annual Little River Days Festival and moving it from May to August.

Now known as the Summer Salute Festival, the event’s move to the end of summer aligns with 2017’s total solar eclipse, expected to draw thousands of tourists to the prime viewing location in Hopkinsville.

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The Hopkinsville Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsor a pre-solar eclipse event this Saturday with Lonnie Puterbaugh, designer of "The Astronomy Channel," a mobile observatory from Brentwood, Tennessee. Puterbaugh says the sun is quite active in its post solar maximum stage and invites the public to see the flares and prominences, as the community gets ready for the 2017 total eclipse.

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In 2017 the U.S. will get its first full solar eclipse that will sweep across the entire country since 1918.Western Kentucky, specifically Hopkinsville, is in the path for best viewing.