Where to see the total solar eclipse, without going to Hopkinsville
Everyone wants the perfect view of the total solar eclipse, but you don't have to go to Hopkinsville to get it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- Planning for less than three minutes has been in the works for months at each and every town along the interstate between Bowling Green and Nashville.
Shirts and hats have been printed. Protective glasses were handed out. The Great American Eclipse demands it.
We know scientists have determined that Hopkinsville will be the point of greatest eclipse in the entire country. Three towns along I-65 will also wow, and come in just a few seconds behind on total darkness.
"Instead of being speechless, you're going to sit there and jabber like than an idiot," explained Dr. Richard Gelderman, the director of Hardin Planetarium at Western Kentucky University.
The home of the Hilltoppers, Bowling Green, will get 1 minute and 2 seconds of totality. The city plans to capitalize on it.
On Sunday, comes a chance for last minute preparation. Sky Science Festival will hold informative sessions downtown. "All of the procrastinators waiting till the last minute, well that's your Christmas Eve shopping date," said Gelderman.
If you pre-register, you get a free, NASA approved pair of protective glasses.
On the day of the eclipse, the WKU Research and Education Center is charging $20 per car for a solid viewing spot.
About 20 miles down the road in Simpson County, a screen usually brightened with the stars of Tinseltown will go dark. The feature presentation will be two minutes and 34 seconds of a total solar eclipse at the Franklin Drive-in.
"We're going to have some telescopes set up with solar filters, so you can get a close up view," explained Dan Ware with Franklin tourism. A live NASA feed will also be shown. Parking will be $10 per car. "We'll be able to accommodate a fairly substantial crowd," Ware added.
Still need more than two and half minutes? Consider White House, Tennessee.
"White House has got two minutes and 39 seconds, we think that's pretty good," explained Mandy Christenson with the White House Chamber of Commerce.The town is opening its big soccer complex with a goal of prime eclipse viewing for anyone who wants it.
"We'll have space for people to set up. We've got permanent restrooms and portable restrooms-- very important factors when you're planning your visit. Then, like I said, lots of concessions and foot trucks," said Christenson.
Less than three minutes might cost you some cash, and miles on the odometer, but, the once in a lifetime event doesn't have to include a trip to Hopkinsville.
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