2024 Solar Eclipse
Save the date for the next total solar eclipse to cross Paducah, Kentucky on April 8, 2024! Request the Paducah Visitors Guide for detailed destination information.
This exciting celestial phenomenon happens as the moon completely blocks the sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight and the sun's corona shimmers in the darkened sky. Paducah will be in darkness for approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds for the April 2024 eclipse.
Here are the times for the eclipse on April 8, 2024, for Paducah:
- 12:42 p.m. eclipse begins
- 2:00 p.m. totality begins
- 2:02 p.m. totality ends
- 3:18 p.m. eclipse ends
Nearby Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Carbondale, Illinois, are points with great eclipse duration with totality for a little more than 4 minutes.
Free Local Viewing Options - City Parks
Paducah offers numerous parks so that you can sit back and enjoy the eclipse. Paducah has a 5 mile Greenway Trail that has good open areas between the downtown Convention Center and Noble Park. Popular parks that have open space and available parking are
- Bob Noble Park (has restrooms by skatepark and large playground on east side of lake)
- Kolb Park (has restrooms)
- Ohio River Boat Launch (no restrooms)
- Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park (has restrooms)
- Riverfront and nearby Schultz Park (has restrooms at Jefferson and Water Street)
- Robert Coleman Park (has restrooms)
- Stuart Nelson Park (has port-a-potties)
- X Marks the Spot Downtown Festival: Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8. This two-day street fair will feature live music, science and eclipse art activities for all ages, plenty of shopping, street food and eclipse-themed snacks, science demonstrations and multiple viewing locations and parties.
- Viewing party on the lawn of the National Quilt Museum
- Heaven & Earth Psychic Fair, presented by Wildhair Studios' Rock Shop
Paducah experienced 2 minutes and 21 seconds of totality during the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Chicago Tribune profiled the eclipse viewing events in Paducah in the article Watching the eclipse in Paducah, Kentucky.
Quilt image: "Corona II: Solar Eclipse" by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, National Quilt Museum Collection.