On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States, and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) is gearing up with plans to inform the faculty, staff, and students of the College about the event.
On Thursday, August 17th, at 9:00 AM and lasting until 2:00 PM, the Astronomy department of SKYCTC will present video presentations and lectures about the Eclipse, what to expect and how to prepare to view the event. The event is open to faculty, staff, and students of the College. Free viewing glasses and refreshments will be provided by the College. The sessions will take place at the SKYCTC Main Campus at 1845 Loop Drive in Bowling Green in the Building F Conference Room and are free to the public.
The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed Sun will be visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people are expected to travel to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covers the face of the Sun.
At most, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. That's about how long totality will last for observers positioned anywhere along the center of the path of totality. As you move toward the edge of the path, the duration of totality will decrease. People standing at the very edge of the path may observe totality for only a few seconds. Residents of Bowling Green, Kentucky will be able to observe the total eclipse for about 90 seconds.