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Total Solar Eclipse Path Runs Near Hancock; 90%

The path of totality for this year’s total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th runs through 13 U.S. states from 1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. CDT. In the path are Paducah, Evansville, Indianapolis and other fairly nearby cities in relation to Hancock County. If viewing in Evansville, for example, the eclipse will be visible right at 2:05 CDT. This will be the last major eclipse to cross North America for 20 years.

Pilot Warning

The Hancock County Airport has reported that more incoming plane traffic than usual is scheduled for the big day. The Federal Flight Assoc. has issued a statement warning pilots to prepare for operational changes and a greater volume of traffic at airports along the path of totality.

One must physically be on the strip of land called the path of totality to fully experience all of the viewing phenomena talked about, and our area is just slightly off that choice viewing path but not far! Almost 32 million people will be inside the path, according to sources.

HC Schools

Hancock County Schools are all provided with viewing glasses for staff and students by the district. Permission slips were sent home and students with parent/guardian signatures will have the chance to view the eclipse.

Hancock County Middle School Principal Traci Sanders said the science teachers will be covering lessons throughout the week before Spring Break so that when students return, they’ll be ready for viewing and know what to look for. All HCMS classrooms will be going outside in the afternoon to catch a view.

HCHS Principal Ginger Estes said if it is in the curriculum, students (with permission) will participate, but there isn’t a whole school event planned. All North and South Hancock Elementary students with permission slips signed will have an opportunity to go outside for a view during the school day.

The Path of Totality

The prime viewing time in Indianapolis is estimated at 3:10 EDT. Just before that, it will be visible in Bloomington, IN at 3:05 EDT. The path runs through Dallas, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and then Paducah, KY, which is right on the very far edge of it. Next, it runs through Indianapolis, Dayton & Cleveland, Ohio, and up through Buffalo, NY, Burlington, VT, parts of Maine and into Canada.

Tens of millions will be watching this event and striving to get to the nearest area that is inside that sweet spot. There is a viewing event happening at the Indianapolis Zoo, and viewing glasses are included with the general admission price.

There are amazing views that can only be seen from earth in the path of a total solar eclipse during “totality”, when the disc of the moon obscures the disc of the sun, including “Baily’s Beads” for instance, which are the mountains of the moon visible along the perimeter of the sun. You can actually see those jagged edges and they look like glowing beads.

By Jennifer Wimmer

 

 

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