Small Town Puts on Big Show for The Great Eclipse

You may have heard Hopkinsville referred to as “Eclipseville,” due to its great viewing of The Great Eclipse. Technically speaking, the longest viewing time was actually in the small town of Cerulean.

A horse and carriage is more common sight than a camper in Cerulean on most days, but on Monday, thousands of visitors flocked in from all over the country.

Some came with experience

"I made the trip because i witnessed the last total solar eclipse,” James Mogg from Cleveland said. “And it made quite an impression on me back when I was 25 years old and here I am at 63."

Others didn't

"This is my bucket list is to see the eclipse, and as a science teacher, it's one thing I’ve been looking forward to,” Nathan Carle said. Carle made the trip from New Hampshire with his family.

Joining them on Orchardale farm was the mayor of close by Hopkinsville.

"We hit the cosmic lottery, with this great American eclipse experience,” Mayor Carter Hendricks said.

Kentucky's governor arrived in style to take part in the spectacle, and was giddy about the potentially massive economic impact on the commonwealth

"It’s also a social impact. It's an educational impact. It's an opportunity for people to learn, to bond together, and to share an experience not only among citizens within Kentucky, but with all these visitors we have from all over the world,” Governor Matt Bevin said.

And because Cerulean had the longest time of totality in the country at two minutes and forty seconds, NASA was also there.

"The main reason NASA is here today is to make sure that everybody is safe the best we can,” David Burns said.

That's where the glasses come in, which NASA made sure people were wearing during the partial eclipse. And while the partial eclipse was cool, but when the clock struck 1:24, the scene was hard for people to describe, but they tried.

"It’s amazing. It's absolutely amazing."

"Incredible."

"Can you put in words? No."


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