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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Family travels from Jerusalem to witness total solar eclipse

The Zlotogorski family traveled by plane, train and car for over 22 hours from their home in Jerusalem to see the total solar eclipse at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Night at Noon event Monday. “We started planning this one year ago in August. I read many, many sites and I somehow reached Paducah,….we thought this was the best place for us,” said Krassi Zlotogorski. Being...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Kentucky Emergency Management officials preparing for ‘viewing opportunity of a lifetime’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Emergency Management officials will activate centers in Frankfort and Hopkinsville on Saturday in preparation for Monday’s total solar eclipse and what they are calling “the viewing opportunity of a lifetime.” The State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and a Regional Response Coordination Center in Hopkinsville are preparing for the big event. Preparations...

State public health officials issue advice for safe viewing of upcoming solar eclipse

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques. People from all over the world will converge on the U.S. to witness the eclipse. While the solar eclipse will occur across the continental U.S., those within an estimated...

Park in the Dark: Kentucky Horse Park to host eclipse viewing party in Rolex Stadium

The Kentucky Horse Park will host “Park in the Dark,” a solar eclipse viewing party, on Monday, Aug. 21, from 1:30–3 p.m. at Rolex Stadium. The sun in Lexington is going to be 95 percent covered by the moon, with peak darkness at about 2:30 p.m. During the event, the eclipse will be broadcast on the scoreboard monitor in Rolex Stadium, kids crafts will be held 1:30–2:15 p.m., and...

Keven Moore: Is the risk associated with Monday’s solar eclipse sufficient reason to close schools?

Local school officials have recently reached out to me as one of their risk control advisers to ask if they should cancel classes because of Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse. How I would have longed for that call when I was in school. I’m pretty sure that I would have advised them to cancel the week before, the week of and the week after due to the “glaring” risks associated...

State anticipating up to half a million visitors for solar eclipse; plan to arrive early, stay put, leave late

Along with the rest of the nation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has begun the countdown to the total solar eclipse that has captured global interest: it’s now less than a week till the roadways in western Kentucky begin to feel the impact of up to 500,000 eclipse chasers anticipated to flock to the region. Occurring the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21, the total solar eclipse will...

With school out for the day, Living Arts & Science Center opens Eclipse Day celebration to the public

Due to the cancellation of school in Fayette County on Eclipse Day, Monday, Aug. 21, The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) will open its planned Eclipse Celebration to the public. The LASC will be open 12-4 p.m. with activities throughout the building for families to enjoy together. The Living Arts & Science Center’s science educators will lead students through art and science activities...

From ballgames to concerts, communities gearing up for once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse

With a little less than two weeks left, much of Western Kentucky is gearing up to become the epicenter of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of “greatest eclipse” with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on Aug. 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT. In addition to Hopkinsville, 15 other cities are in the path of totality and offer wonderful viewing opportunities....

Public invited to free EKU solar eclipse viewing; large telescopes available for participants

Eastern Kentucky University will host a free solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21. The public is invited to the University’s observation deck across Kit Carson Drive from the Perkins Building and behind the Granny Richardson Springs One-Room Schoolhouse. Some parking is available at the deck (turn at the schoolhouse), and some additional parking will be available in the Perkins Lot. Large...

Universe will provide state a sight to remember on Aug. 21 — as long as the weather cooperates

By Gail Hairston and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Imagine humankind at the dawn of civilization, or even earlier. Men, women and children huddle mesmerized, terrified in their ignorance, as a bright sunny day suddenly darkens until the sun vanishes and stars appear in the midday sky. It is dark long enough for night creatures to make an appearance. Imagine the confusion, the panic, the helpless...

Rural Blog: Rural areas, small towns bracing for major influx of solar-eclipse viewers in three weeks

As the historic Aug. 21 solar eclipse draws near, towns along the path of totality are bracing for tens of thousands of visitors. “Whatever the biggest event in town is, they are going to get at least twice as many people — and usually more than that,”eclipse chaser and crowd consultant Kate Russo told Deborah Netburn of the Los Angeles Times. “This is not just a science event....

Murray State University alumna, former NASA director Ellis to speak in advance of solar eclipse

Murray State University alumna and former NASA director Sue Darnell Ellis will present a special lecture entitled “Creating Tomorrows by Dreaming Today” on August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium. The lecture will be streamed live at murraystate.edu. At just 18 years old, Darnell Ellis took her first steps on the path that would lead her into the NASA Teacher in Space Program. She attended...

EKU hosting preview of KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission, info session on eclipse

Area residents are invited to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse and get a sneak preview of a KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission at an event in Eastern Kentucky University’s Ravine on Friday evening, July 28. The event begins at 8 p.m. with some educational activities related to what will be a total solar eclipse across parts of western Kentucky (partial eclipse in Richmond area)...

Fun and educational events planned by Kentucky State Parks in preparation for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August. Some parks have astronomy experts scheduled to give talks about the eclipse. Kenlake State Resort Park will kick off the events July 28 with “The Star Geezer” Mark Steven Williams. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host University of Louisville...

Murray State’s Hopkinsville campus to host passenger vehicles for 2017 Solar Eclipse

Murray State University will host passenger vehicles on Monday, August 21 at the Hopkinsville campus to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse. (Photo Provided) Murray State University will host passenger vehicles on Monday, Aug. 21 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Hopkinsville campus for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Hopkinsville will provide the world’s longest solar eclipse viewing opportunity at 2 minutes and...

UK students testing two high-altitude weather balloons to livestream total solar eclipse in August

A team of University of Kentucky students, led by College of Engineering Professor Suzanne Smith, is preparing to launch two high-altitude weather balloons on Aug. 21 as part of a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream footage of the 2017 total solar eclipse. The August eclipse will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation. Over the course of 100...

Officials advise tourists coming to Kentucky for eclipse to prepare ahead; large crowds expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Up to a half million visitors are expected to converge on a largely rural expanse of western Kentucky for optimal viewing of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said his office has been working with local officials in a 21-county area to prepare for the influx of people. “Before leaving home, plan a specific destination for...

State Tourism Department launches new travel webpage to promote 2017 Great American Eclipse

With one year left before much of western Kentucky becomes the epicenter of the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a webpage to enhance the visitor experience and inform guests what to expect during this astronomical phenomenon, www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/. This page provides direct links to tourism offices in communities that feature...