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Posted: 8/20/2017 6:23:07 PM EST
Hopkinsville just isn't on the center line of the eclipse path it is also near the peak point of the eclipse where the shadow hits the earth most directly.  Where I live will see 94% of the eclipse but it turns out even 99% does not compare being in the 100% totality shadow and watching the sun completely disappear and it the area turning to night.  So I'm driving 3 hours to Hopkisville with the S/O and kids to witness it.  There is a thread in Kentucky Hometown forum about it but that forum doesn't see much traffic, so I'm posting here.

Anyone else going to Hopkinsville?
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 6:43:50 PM EST
I have to go to work, so I will be in Russellville.

I do have my glow in the dark eclipse T-shirt, however.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 6:50:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Anyone else going to Hopkinsville?
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No.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 6:59:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Hopkinsville just isn't on the center line of the eclipse path it is also near the peak point of the eclipse where the shadow hits the earth most directly.  Where I live will see 94% of the eclipse but it turns out even 99% does not compare being in the 100% totality shadow and watching the sun completely disappear and it the area turning to night.  So I'm driving 3 hours to Hopkisville with the S/O and kids to witness it.  There is a thread in Kentucky Hometown forum about it but that forum doesn't see much traffic, so I'm posting here.

Anyone else going to Hopkinsville?
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I'm going to try to get over there. I'm hearing of a lot of traffic already. I've been in Ohio since my son left for boot camp, but a friend of mine who is still around town said every hotel and motel room in the area is booked. I'm looking to be back in Bowling Green around 10:00-10:30 am and then make my way over to Hopkinsville for the show. I'm hoping it's not a complete traffic jam.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:01:41 PM EST
Nope, I came to Nashville for the eclipse. Going to Hopkinsville to go diving on Thursday though.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:05:51 PM EST
Odds are it will be cloudy here tomorrow, and I'm not driving anywhere no matter what. If I can't see the eclipse because of clouds it will just be that much darker because of the clouds, which ironically, is me looking on the brighter side of things.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:16:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Hopkinsville just isn't on the center line of the eclipse path it is also near the peak point of the eclipse where the shadow hits the earth most directly.  Where I live will see 94% of the eclipse but it turns out even 99% does not compare being in the 100% totality shadow and watching the sun completely disappear and it the area turning to night.  So I'm driving 3 hours to Hopkisville with the S/O and kids to witness it.  There is a thread in Kentucky Hometown forum about it but that forum doesn't see much traffic, so I'm posting here.

Anyone else going to Hopkinsville?
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But do you have your eclipse glasses?!?

I'm in a 96% totality zone. That's good enough for me.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:17:20 PM EST
Cool. Take pics for us.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:18:47 PM EST
How do you find out what % totality you are in?

I'm pretty close to Hopkinsville so I'll probably just stay put.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:20:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By aquaman67:
How do you find out what % totality you are in?

I'm pretty close to Hopkinsville so I'll probably just stay put.
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This. I live in Clarksville....good enough for me
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:26:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Hopkinsville just isn't on the center line of the eclipse path it is also near the peak point of the eclipse where the shadow hits the earth most directly.  Where I live will see 94% of the eclipse but it turns out even 99% does not compare being in the 100% totality shadow and watching the sun completely disappear and it the area turning to night.  So I'm driving 3 hours to Hopkisville with the S/O and kids to witness it.  There is a thread in Kentucky Hometown forum about it but that forum doesn't see much traffic, so I'm posting here.

Anyone else going to Hopkinsville?
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Damn! That's my hometown. I moved away in 1999 and have only been back a few times since, last for my father's funeral in 2014.

I have a friend that works for Kentucky Tourism. I sent her a message asking how many of the teeming hordes they were expecting, but she never got back to me.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:28:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By aquaman67:
How do you find out what % totality you are in?

I'm pretty close to Hopkinsville so I'll probably just stay put.
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There are several websites. Put your zip code in here. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map

My zip says - The eclipse will peak at 1:08:35 pm CDT, when the moon obscures 94.7% of the sun.

ETA: If you want to see the total eclipse, you'll need to travel 112 miles SW.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:28:54 PM EST
Oh...
 Is that TOMORROW ?
 Damn, these things'll really sneak up on ya.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:36:59 PM EST
I'm going to be in Litchfield with work.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:52:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By OhioEd:

I'm going to try to get over there. I'm hearing of a lot of traffic already. I've been in Ohio since my son left for boot camp, but a friend of mine who is still around town said every hotel and motel room in the area is booked. I'm looking to be back in Bowling Green around 10:00-10:30 am and then make my way over to Hopkinsville for the show. I'm hoping it's not a complete traffic jam.
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I've been watching the Waze live map and traffic really hasn't been bad.  Other pictures show vacant spots at campsites and other prime viewing locations.  So either the crowd will be less than expected or they are all going to try to drive there tomorrow.

I have a reserved spot at the Murray State building south of town.  There are a bunch of side roads with no buildings around that area, so I'm guessing people that didn't reserve anything will be parking along the roads.   
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 7:58:40 PM EST
I'll be there. Took the boy out of school so he could see it. 
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:14:41 PM EST
Please keep an eye out for the goblins. I'm serious, be careful.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:41:24 PM EST
I found a campground in Johnston City for tonight but I might venture towards Hopkinsville for the show.
Traffic today from Wisconsin was really a non-issue.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:42:45 PM EST
Lol, I'm stationed at campbell and I made sure to leave that fucking town for this weekend. Its gonna be crazy.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:48:04 PM EST
In Paducah tomorrow.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:49:35 PM EST
You mean "groundzeroofdeathshadow"? Hell no. I don't want all my DNAs scrambled
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:56:02 PM EST
Let's see. A town of 10k will have over a half a million people in it. I don't think they have the plumbing to support that many people. Sounds like a shit show to me.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:57:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lieh-tzu:
In Paducah tomorrow.
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We could have carpooled!
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:21:06 PM EST
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My brother owns 90 acres in Dawson Springs I was going to camp at tonight, but he's out of town. I'm a little north of Crossville TN and still in 100% so I'll us go there this weekend instead and not deal with the traffic.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:23:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lieh-tzu:
In Paducah tomorrow.
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We considered driving up to Paducah.

Traffic forecasts led us to decline.

95% in the back yard is good enough.

Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:27:16 PM EST
I think we are in the 94% zone. Traffic on 71 South was pretty heavy tonight. I think we will stay home tomorrow.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:33:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BigJ72:
I think we are in the 94% zone. Traffic on 71 South was pretty heavy tonight. I think we will stay home tomorrow.
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Odd southbound traffic was fine, coming from wi I was doing 85 most of the way.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:35:24 PM EST
I am going just for the undead.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:40:57 PM EST
Staying home.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:44:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Overkill777:
Let's see. A town of 10k will have over a half a million people in it. I don't think they have the plumbing to support that many people. Sounds like a shit show to me.
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It is more like a town of 30,000 people will have an extra 100,000 people, for a few hours.  Not the end of the world.  Gridlock in the middle of town for sure but I'm not expecting anything close to a shit show.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:59:38 PM EST
95.5% outside my door.

I'll let others play massive traffic jam in rural Kentucky.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:07:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:

95% in the back yard is good enough.
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95% even 99% is not the same thing as 100%.  School let us outside for one in the early 1990s.  It was underwhelming to say the least.  The 100% totality on the other hand has non-spiritual people saying it was a spiritual event that made them feel connected to something larger.

This video does the best job of explaining/demonstrating why totality is a whole other animal compared to a partial.  https://www.facebook.com/BentonCoSheriff/videos/7859492527445938/
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:39:40 PM EST
Somebody go to Farrells and take pictures of the hamburgers.... haven't been back since my friend died in 2013.....but man did I love those burgers.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:41:51 PM EST
My mom lives in Hopkinsville. I'm here now, free vacation!
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:44:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SWIRE:
95% even 99% is not the same thing as 100%.  School let us outside for one in the early 1990s.  It was underwhelming to say the least.  The 100% totality on the other hand has non-spiritual people saying it was a spiritual event that made them feel connected to something larger.

This video does the best job of explaining/demonstrating why totality is a whole other animal compared to a partial.  https://www.facebook.com/BentonCoSheriff/videos/7859492527445938/
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Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:

95% in the back yard is good enough.
95% even 99% is not the same thing as 100%.  School let us outside for one in the early 1990s.  It was underwhelming to say the least.  The 100% totality on the other hand has non-spiritual people saying it was a spiritual event that made them feel connected to something larger.

This video does the best job of explaining/demonstrating why totality is a whole other animal compared to a partial.  https://www.facebook.com/BentonCoSheriff/videos/7859492527445938/
It's a SHADOW.

I saw a pretty good one back in 70.

I'm not a savage, I can grasp the celestial mechanics.

Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:50:11 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BigJ72:
I think we are in the 94% zone. Traffic on 71 South was pretty heavy tonight. I think we will stay home tomorrow.
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The difference between 94% and 100% is orders of magnitude, not 6%. Actual nighttime dark, with the temperature drop and everything. Instead of seeing the sun, at 100% you see the corona. I don't even know how cool that is, because I've never seen it before. 2+ minutes of darkness. I think it would be worth the trip.

If you can wait 7 years, there will be another crossing over southern Illinois.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:53:13 PM EST
Fun fact: the shadow of the sun travels from the west coast to the east in about an hour and a half. IIRC, it averages about 1800 MPH across the ground, depending on the sun's angle.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:55:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lieh-tzu:
Fun fact: the shadow of the sun travels from the west coast to the east in about an hour and a half. IIRC, it averages about 1800 MPH across the ground, depending on the sun's angle.
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Ever looked at the moon through a half way decent telescope?

It's king of jarring how often you have to move it.

The moon is MOVING.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 11:01:55 PM EST
I'll be there. Taking the kids and wife to watch it. We're going to the Jefferson Davis monument to watch it......."where did you watch the eclipse Johnny?".......
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 11:20:08 PM EST
Just drove thru there the other day on a PCS out west. Looks like they're planning for some crazy shit. No parking along the interstate. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 12:24:47 AM EST
Will Steve Gorman be there?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 1:18:29 AM EST
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Nope. I'm going to walk 100 yards with my lawn chair and watch it. I would have preferred to watch it from my deck put preliminary testing showed the trees are in the way.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 2:02:14 AM EST
99 percent here.


I'll be at work playing outside and losing money/getting behind.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 2:19:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:09:54 AM EST
100% totality for 1 minute 49 seconds here in Madisonville.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:11:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Oh...
 Is that TOMORROW ?
 Damn, these things'll really sneak up on ya.
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You get out of the basement, and BAM!

Life just hits you square in the face.

Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:16:01 AM EST
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Originally Posted By corrosionguy:
I'm going to be in Litchfield with work.
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born and raised there. theres a lot of us around here apparently
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:20:03 AM EST
Staying in Clarksville. No point driving that far for 2.5 minutes of shadow. The insanity surrounding this thing is crazy. Yes it's cool and all, but not drive 6 hours cool like so many in town are doing right now.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 10:00:37 AM EST
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Originally Posted By gumbii:
Staying in Clarksville. No point driving that far for 2.5 minutes of shadow. The insanity surrounding this thing is crazy. Yes it's cool and all, but not drive 6 hours cool like so many in town are doing right now.
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This. Going to walk out of my basement garage, pop out the lawn chair and stare at the sun.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 10:47:08 AM EST
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I'm viewing at home about 1hr east of Hoptown.... 98% or so
oops ...trying to upload pics of my preps
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 11:05:12 AM EST
In Hopkinsville.  Traffic is just now starting to pick up.  No real congestion getting here.  Stopped in Kelly Kentucky yo see the UFO landing site.  Two families claim one landed 62 years ago...of course they shot at it and chased the little green men away.
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