Kentuckians prepare for Total Solar Eclipse 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians are preparing for the sight of a lifetime — A total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Experts talked with ABC 36 on what locals can expect and put to rest and long standing myths about solar eclipses.

“It’s an amazing phenomenon,” said Rex McBride, a Boone County Extension Agent with the University of Kentucky.

“The solar eclipse is when the earth the moon and the sun all line up perfectly –so that part of the earth is sitting in the shadow of the moon”.

The total solar eclipse is a rare event that has captured everyone’s curiosity.

According to NASA — Western Kentucky is along the ‘path of totality’ –stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

During the ‘Great American Total Solar Eclipse’ the sky will darken for around 2 minutes.

As millions plan to catch a glimpse of the eclipse — experts highly recommend  wearing solar glasses.

“It is never a good idea to look directly into the sun. There are too many radioactive waves coming in that would damage our eyes,” said McBride.

A number of events and viewing parties will be taking place during the eclipse. Take a look at the following links for more details:

University of Kentucky Extension – Solar Eclipse Camp   

Total Solar Eclipse Events in Kentucky

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