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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 in Kentucky


On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will transit across the entire continental United States, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. A solar eclipse occurs when our moon moves into the path of the light from the sun. While total solar eclipses occur about every 18 months, this total solar eclipse is unique is because the path of totality, the period of an eclipse when light from the sun is completely blocked, will pass through the United States, making it visible to millions of people. The last time a total solar eclipse of this magnitude occurred in the U.S was on June 8, 1918.

What We Are Doing:

On the day of the eclipse, the Kentucky Mesonet will be recording and bringing back data from all 68 stations every 3 seconds for incoming solar radiation, air temperature, wind direction, and wind speed. Additionally, there will be corresponding real-time data maps displayed on this webpage. After the eclipse, all data maps will be available online to click through to visualize what happened during the eclipse. It is expected that this will be a great dataset with significant research potential.

Interested in being a Citizen Scientist during the Solar Eclipse?
Help us by taking observations!