Posts from August 2017

"The western Kentucky town of Paducah had VIP seating and mighty fine weather for Monday’s celestial show. Paducah sits roughly halfway between Makanda, Ill., where the total solar eclipse lasted the longest, and Hopkinsville, Ky., where it was the darkest. The river town hosted eclipse-viewing events across the city, but the biggest was “Night at Noon” on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. That’s where a crowd of a few thousand watched the Earth’s only natural satellite devour the sun at 1:22 p.m. When “totality” happened, the temperature dropped 4 degrees (to a still toasty 88 Fahrenheit), the cicadas screeched and people cast aside their eclipse glasses and said either “Oh my god,” “Whoa!” or “Wooh!” as they took in the unforgettable image of a black disk wreathed by the white flames of the sun’s rarely visible corona. Totality lasted for 2 minutes and 21 seconds, but the memories made Monday afternoon on that campus lawn will last a lifetime."

"Since the eclipse falls on what is predicted to be a sizzler of a Kentucky day, bartender Scottie Timmons of Silent Brigade Distillery decided to put a twist on his favorite summer cocktail, the mojito. In a sly hat tip to the moon, his version is made with the craft distillery’s Kentucky Moonshine. Timmons builds on the base by adding simple syrup, soda water and fresh orange mint he grows himself."

"The Bluegrass State will experience its longest eclipse duration in Hopkinsville, but most of the western part of the state offers prime viewing. Head to Paducah for two minutes and nineteen seconds of total darkness along the new landing area that overlooks the joining of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers."

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