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Old 07-06-2017, 12:12 PM   #1
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sun Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S. on August 21

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What compels people to travel from all over the world to see a total solar eclipse? The experience is hard to describe. You can see stars in the daytime. The sun's shimmering corona is visible to your naked eye. You get to observe how something happening up in the heavens has an immediate effect on the world around you. If you are lucky enough to be in a natural setting, the effect is even more striking.
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That will change on August 21, when the moon's shadow will cross the United States from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. The moon is four times smaller than the earth, but it is 30 earth diameters away, so during the eclipse, its shadow will be a scant 100 kilometers, or roughly 60 miles wide. This diagonal stripe, known as the "path of totality,” is the place to be. If you are outside of it, you’ll only see a partial eclipse.
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I have relatives living near Hopkinsville Ky. which is in the direct path. Going to be a party.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:56 PM   #3
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I have relatives living near Hopkinsville Ky. which is in the direct path. Going to be a party.
Lucky you!! It seems that they expect a lot of people to head for the direct path:
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The bad news is that most of the hotels and campgrounds directly on the eclipse path have long been booked. If you are just starting to plan now, you’ll need to think creatively. Staying an hour’s drive away from the path of totality is a good option, since the eclipse occurs at the comfortable time of midmorning. Just be sure to account for traffic because others will probably be making the same trek.
The article was written in May so I'm sure that just about every hotel and motel along the path must be booked by now.

I hope you have a great time!
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Trying to convince hubby into taking a trip to the cousins house near that time as he lives along the very path of exposure! I soooo want to view that!!! Looking like I-we may have him convinced.
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We are in the path of totality here. Hopkinsville is about an hour due west of us. The traffic is going to be insane in town as I-65 runs through Bowling Green. We'll stay here and enjoy our 47 seconds of total eclipse and stock up on groceries and other necessities and stay out of town for a couple of days.
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That's great! Now there must be some kind of special cocktail for a solar eclipse - maybe a martini glass with one of those glow sticks wrapped around it so that it glows in the dark??
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the eclipse's path of totality, so you are on your own with handling your cocktails in total darkness.
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