The 2017 Eclipse, from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

About 4 years ago, I heard that the line of totality of the 2017 eclipse was going to be close, so I knew that I was going to travel to see it.  When I found out that the longest duration of the eclipse was going to be in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, I knew where I was going to view it!  I heard that approximately 20 million people traveled to the path of totality, all across the United States.  If true, that would make it the largest single day migration of humans, at any one time in history!  Here in Marion, we got 80% - 85% totality...but here's what it looked like from my vantage point.  In Hopkinsville, everything came to a dead stop.    Birds stopped flying and singing.  There was no traffic on the streets.  The street lights came on.  There was dead silence.  There were some "oooh's" and "aaah's" when the diamond ring appeared...and lots of cheering when the moment of totality hit, and we all removed our eclipse glasses.  The local radio station played side two of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and had it timed so that when the totality began, the song "Eclipse" began!  The next eclipse in 2024, will come through central Ohio!  Prepare to be AMAZED!

The Eclipse Begins
Eclipse halfway through...
Just a sliver of the sun visible
The "Diamond Ring"!  The last little bit visible until totality.
The total eclipse of 8/21/17 as seen from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Duration of totality 2:41.
During totality, you could see the stars, and the streetlights came on!
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