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Kentucky town could be the best place to view the next total solar eclipse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A total solar eclipse has not been visible in the U.S. since 1979, but a town in Kentucky could be the best place in the world to catch a glimpse.

Hopkinsville, Ky., is being called the best place to view the next total eclipse.

Former NASA Astrophysicist Fred Espenak went in front of a packed house for a presentation on the subject at the University of Louisville.

He is called “Mr. Eclipse” and has seen 27 total eclipses, including one from Antarctica. While it does not last for long, he says it is an amazing experience to see in person.

People in Hopkinsville will be able to see the eclipse for the longest, as long as clouds do not block the view.

“That only lasts for about two and a half minutes [or] two minutes forty seconds from Hopkinsville, but during that period of time, the sky grows dark. You can see brighter stars and planets in the sky,” Espenak said.

"Mr. Eclipse" says he does not know exactly where he will watch the eclipse on Aug. 21 of 2017. He plans to pack up his car and move to the best spot on the day.

Espenak says you need glasses or a pin hole projector to view the moments before and after the total solar eclipse, but when it is completely lined up, you can see it with the naked eye. He wants to make sure the Louisville area does not miss out on the opportunity.

“You only have to drive 120 miles south to get in the path of totality."

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