On Monday, August 21st, a 100 mile wide strip beginning at a beach in Oregon and stretching to the beaches in South Carolina will be host to a total solar eclipse. The last total eclipse to occur in the lower 48 States was February 26, 1979. In anticipation of this event, hotels, campgrounds and the like have been booked for nearly two years!
Below is a simulation of the upcoming total eclipse as it may appear in Hopkinsville, KY.
So, why are we getting a little excited over this celestial event? Holmes County residents (and much of Ohio) will have the opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse in our area. Approximately 83% of the sun will be covered by the moon here in Ohio. If it’s a sunny day, you should see the skies begin to darken for this 2 hour phenomenon.
Plans are in the works for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Central Library. There will be activities and we will have some solar viewing glasses to give away on that day. Visit the Solar Eclipse Party events page for more details!
For more information about the solar eclipse and how you can get a pair of solar viewing glasses, visit our Partial Solar Eclipse Page.
The solar viewing glasses were made possible by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.