First solar eclipse to cross U.S. in 99 years is coming.
On Monday, Aug. 21, in the middle of the day, the sky will go dark. The temperature will suddenly get several degrees colder. Birds will stop chirping and retreat to their nests. And tens of millions of people, crammed into a 60-mile-wide path that crosses from Oregon to the Carolinas, will stand in America looking up at the sky.
This will be a huge event for the small community of Hopkinsville in southern Kentucky. It is widely reported that it is the best community for watching the eclipse because it will be there two minutes and forty seconds which is longer than for any other community. They expect there will be twice as many visitors in the area as there is population of the community!
A 2012 report: http://www.nbcnews.c...s/#.WM18mWTyuUk
They have been preparing for it for approx. five years. Major work on upgrading an important interchange is ongoing at a cost of several million dollars.The city is ordering businesses along major routes through the community to paint/clean/upgrade their buildings. The local Chamber of Commerce has been pressing merchants in the area to not raise their prices during the event. Much has been spent on international advertising. The local police have petitioned the state to provide highway patrol officers to assist them at that time.
It has been reported that all hotels in the area have been fully booked for more than a year. Two hotel chains which had plans to build in the area within five years have advanced their schedules so that construction will be completed by then. I have checked now two on-line travel sites and they show no available rooms for that date.
Information on Hopkinsville is available at: http://www.kysolareclipse.com/
I find it amusing that this will occur on that date because it is the anniversary of: The Little Green Men. This was an alien/UFO encounter for which there is significant evidence that some phenomenon occurred and that it was not a hoax. I find it particularly amusing in a perverse way that the local police took great pains to determine if alcohol was involved in the incident but they found no evidence at all of its presence. More information on Little Green Men Days is available at: http://www.kysolarec...ille-aliens.htm
We have been twice to the Little Green Men Days celebration in Kelly. It is a quite charming little festival. The centerpiece is an UFO made of panels from the roof of a circular corn storage crib! It is in many ways like a county fair reduced to miniature size.