The United States will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, its first in 99 years. The eclipse path of totality – total darkness – will cut across the U.S. from Newport, Oregon to McClellanville, South Carolina. One of the closest cities to Cincinnati to experience the total eclipse is Hopkinsville, Kentucky, about a four-hour drive south.
Joining us to discuss the eclipse, the best places and ways to view it, and to answer your questions about the event, are Sky & Telescope Senior Editor J. Kelly Beatty; Dr. Wes Ryle, who manages the BB&T Observatory at Thomas More College; Brooke Jung, Solar Eclipse Marketing & Events consultant for the city of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati Observatory Assistant Director and Outreach Astronomer and co-host of the PBS series Star Gazers, Dean Regas.
For more information on how to view the eclipse in the Tri-state, visit the Cincinnati Observatory solar eclipse website. Thomas More College and BB&T Observatory will be hosting the public for the solar eclipse on August 21 from 1-4PM. Guests can go to The BB&T Observatory or the Thomas More College softball field - telescopes with solar filters and eclipse viewing glasses will be available at both locations. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations required.