solar eclipse

Stu Johnson

A group of Lexington Muslims spent a portion of Monday in prayer.  The mosque ceremony was a response to the solar eclipse.

Cheri Lawson

Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.


Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.


Here are the reactions of some of them:

Mary Meehan

The sweltering temperature dipped noticeably as the final countdown began just before 2:31 p.m.

The young woman with a microphone and black "Solar Eclipse 2017" T-shirt - the fashion rave of the day- addressed the crowd outside the Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University. 

“Three, two, one, put on those solar glasses and you will be able to see our maximum here in Richmond, 95 percent.”

Cheri Lawson

A team from Bluegrass Community and Technical College will live-stream eclipse footage as part of a national Eclipse Ballooning Project

The NASA-sponsored project, which is led by the Montana Space Grant Consortium at Montana State University, has been years in the making

Special Solar Eclipse Day Coverage on August 21

Aug 17, 2017

It’s not a giant toad, wolf or even a dragon eating the sun but millions will see it disappear at least briefly on August 21st.

Dr. Richard Gelderman Professor Extra-Galactic Astrophysics Western Kentucky University, told our Eastern Standard listeners, "The sun disappears in the middle of the day, one of the transformational phenomena that is going to be one of the top memories you will ever have in your life." 

Madison Co Schools to Close for Solar Eclipse

Aug 8, 2017

Madison County Schools have joined the list of those that will close on the day of the near-total solar eclipse.

The district has announced that the schools will observe a “Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day”  on Monday, Aug. 21.

Students will not report to school that day, but will be expected to complete assigned work.

The district is able to designate up to 10 days as NTI Days during the school year at the discretion of the superintendent.

Fayette Schools Take a Day Off for Solar Eclipse

Aug 7, 2017

The Fayette County School Board has voted to change the school calendar, partly based on safety concerns related to this month’s solar eclipse. 

The switching of dates became official Monday.

Lisa Autry WKU Public Radio

Every first Saturday in May, Kentucky is home to the most exciting two minutes in sports.  On August 21, the state will be home to the most exciting two minutes in astronomy…two minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years.  For a town of just over 30,000 people, it’s a really big deal.