Top places to watch the solar eclipse in Louisville, KY

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Determining the best viewing spots in the area

On August 21, people in certain areas of United States will witness a spectacular cosmic happening. For the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse will occur. Those living in or traveling to the path of totality, which is where the moon will completely block out the sun, will experience a few moments of complete darkness during the day. However, those who live elsewhere in the country will still be able to view a breathtaking partial eclipse.

In Louisville, Kentucky, the eclipse will begin at 12:59 p.m., peak at 2:27 p.m., and conclude at 3:51 p.m. Although the Gateway to the South won’t witness a true total eclipse, the city will temporarily have 96 percent of the sun blocked from view. For those interested it witnessing the solar show, there are lots of places around Louisville to safely view the eclipse.

Kentucky State Fair

State fairs usually include livestock, barbecue, and live entertainment, but the 2017 Kentucky State Fair will also involve a unique eclipse viewing experience. The University of Louisville and WDRB will be on site with an educational and interactive exhibit inside the fairgrounds, where curious earth dwellers can learn about the eclipse and view the event as it occurs.

Solar Eclipse and Bourbon Sips

Looking to celebrate the solar eclipse with an ice-cold glass of bourbon in hand? Mint Julep Tours is organizing a unique solar eclipse viewing party that includes a distillery tour and bourbon tasting. Afterward, enjoy live music, food trucks, and a cocktail bar. Beginning at 7:45 a.m., the all-day tour will be one of the most festive ways to commemorate the eclipse in Kentucky.

Kentucky Science Center

Where else can you watch the solar eclipse in Louisville? The Kentucky Science Center and the Louisville Astronomical Society will host a viewing on Main Street from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A solar telescope and viewing devices will be available to help you see the solar spectacle.

Kentucky Derby Museum

From 1-3 p.m. on August 21, the Kentucky Derby Museum will host a solar eclipse viewing party. For those in attendance, there will be viewing glasses, admittance into the museum, and a behind the scenes tour of Churchill Downs.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

The Bernheim Forest is another one of the best places to watch the solar eclipse near Louisville. The Total Solar Eclipse Celebration begins at 1 p.m. and includes engaging activities for people of all ages and designated viewing areas for visitors to enjoy.

Copper & Kings American Brandy Company

For those over legal age, savor a brandy on the rocks while watching the eclipse at Copper & Kings American Brandy Company. The viewing includes special cocktails, eclipse viewing glasses, and seats on the venue’s third floor observation deck.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park

The Louisville Astronomical Society is teaming up with the state park staff to create a stellar viewing party. Venture to E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park to view the eclipse in all its glory. Borrow viewing glasses, construct crafts to commemorate the event, and marvel at the eclipse while experiencing the great outdoors. Located just 14 miles east of Louisville, this will be a visit to the state park you won’t soon forget.

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