I’m sure by now you have heard about the solar eclipse that is set to occur on August 21, 2017. But do you know what all the fuss is about? Many times we hear about things, and realize we don’t hear a lot of the details. So here’s the 411 on why this event is such a big deal in the Clarksville, Hopkinsville and Ft. Campbell area.
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and sun. When this happens the sun will either be partially or fully hidden behind the moon. The Clarksville area will be centrally located to view a total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017 (Hopkinsville KY is considered the epicenter for the eclipse). A total solar eclipse can happen every one to two years. BUT only a small percentage of the earth’s population is able to view the totality when it occurs. So even though a total eclipse is not a rare event for the earth, it is a rare event for the Clarksville area! This coming eclipse will stretch from coast to coast, and it has been 99 years since this last happened! If you miss this one, the next coast to coast eclipse will not occur until 2045.
One thing you must remember is: DO NOT look directly at the sun until the moon has completely covered it. If you wish to watch it in its entirety, it is highly recommended to buy solar glasses. Feel free to contact us for more information!