Make your plans for August 2017. Total solar eclipse

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  1. GopherT

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    Looks like the closest place to me on center line would be Hopkinsville, Ky, about 122 miles.
     
  3. Brownout

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    that's awesome. I'm only a hundred or so miles away.
     
  4. Reloadron

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    Maybe when the time comes I could plan a road trip down there. That would be cool. I'll add it to my bucket list right under seeing Mount Rushmore.

    Kentucky? I can manage that. :)

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    Check the map from nasa. You will already get 85% coverage within 200 miles of the midline. Not bad.
     
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    200 miles for the last 15% seems totally worth the trip. This kind of opportunity doesn't come along very often, just hope for good weather.
     
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    I just checked and it appears that 85% is like sunset or just before a storm. You are right, I need to experience the 100% coverage.
     
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    Two hundred miles is a joy ride. :)

    As dumb as this sounds I am serious. Being retired now I have this surplus of time to do whatever I pretty much want to do. Maybe my wife would be up for it or a friend would want to go down to Kentucky. The next actual something I have on my calendar is April 7th I promised a friend I would take them to the VA Hospital for some surgery. The end of May 'll go down to NC and see some old friends like I do every year. It's just strange after so many years to have the time to do pretty much whatever you want to do whenever you get the bug. Hell, then I can say I watched a total eclipse of the sun. :)

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    I cannot wait for retirement. I'll be so busy.
     
  10. Reloadron

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    Yeah, I often wonder where I found the time to go to work all those years. :)

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    This is me:
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    Clear view ESE to W.
     
  12. wayneh

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    It's over 350 miles for me, but my wife's mother lives just a few minutes from the centerline, in Marion, IL.

    FWIW, Marion is an excellent town for travelers, with tons of hotel space, chain restaurants and so on. The eclipse path passes directly through a very nice state park near Marion, Granite City State Park. It would make for a good observation spot.
     
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    AAC meetup in Kentucky, August 2017.
     
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    But now, must be an eclipse in March.

    March 20
     
  15. GopherT

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    I'm not going to Iceland to see a partial eclipse. No direct flights to the Faroe Islands or Svalbard - I'll wait for 2017.
     
  16. Motanache

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    I think it can be seen partially from Europe.

    Plus the weather warms in March and will be beautiful outside.
     
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    Sounds good to me.
     
  19. wayneh

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    On a boat in Lake Kentucky, with a bottle of good Kentucky bourbon? Interesting. :)
     
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    From what I been told, all motels have already been reserved in Hopkinsville and Clarksville for that week. Expect campgrounds to be completely full.
     
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