2017 Eclipse Day at Pfeffer Scout Reservation

August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day! Leader's Guide & Registration form!

Register online at Tentaroo!

No human action can disrupt the incessant dance of the cosmos, and the moon's shadow will not wait on you if you're not ready. Like a mindless juggernaut, it plows its way through space toward a collision course with earth. As predicted by the astronomers decades in advance, the shadow arrives with perfect accuracy, and touches down in the north Pacific Ocean at 16:48:33 UT*, at local sunrise. (At that spot, the sun will actually rise while eclipsed. This is a sight few people - even veteran eclipse chasers - have seen, and from what we hear, it is quite uncanny.)

A minute later, the entire shadow (the "umbral cone") will have made landfall - er, ocean-fall - and will be racing across the surface of the water at supersonic speed. Except for folks on ships at sea, and the occasional ocean-dwelling critter who dares to venture too near the surface, nothing sentient will note the passing of the umbra - until land gets in the way.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky also boasts wonderful viewing areas, with totality at Paducah (1:22pm) lasting 2m20s of totality. The Land Between the Lakes is a wonderful spot to view the eclipse from, and the farther north you are here, the better! Eddyville gets 2m39s at 1:23pm. After that, Hopkinsville lies right on the centerline, and enjoys 2m40s of totality at 1:24:41pm. This, together with the preparations that the folks at the Lincoln Heritage Council are making, makes Pfeffer Scout Reservation (Camp Roy C. Manchester) a great place to consider watching the eclipse from.

Mammoth Cave and Murray are not in the path, and neither are Louisville or Lexington. In these locations, the eclipse will never be total for you, and you will need to use your eclipse glasses for the entire partial eclipse! This show belongs to the far southwestern part of the Commonwealth, and you are urged to get there and be a part of it all!
 

See eclipse information for all Kentucky cities and towns in the path of totality!

 

Eclipse Day at Pfeffer Scout Reservation!!  -- Check back regularly for reservation and event updates.
August 18, 2017

Almost everyone who plans to see the eclipse will be in position. Foreign visitors will be be wrapping up their sightseeing tours of our country, and getting to their selected viewing areas early to ensure that no travel glitches have an opportunity to deprive them of their true goal. Cities along the path who have decided to create official eclipse viewing areas will have their focus set to logistics, ensuring the comfort, enjoyment and safety of their guests. People who have converged on those sites to view the eclipse will begin the countdown to eclipse day, as final preparations are made to ensure that photography equipment, filters, chairs, tables, telescopes, TV monitors, webcast equipment, hats and sunscreen are all at the ready for the big day!

Last-minute weather forecasts are checked, and anyone with the slightest fear of clouds on eclipse day will invoke their travel contingencies. Weather monitoring will proceed around the clock, with live updates issued hourly so as to best prepare eclipse-chasers who will need to move at a moment's notice. Nothing will stand in the way of seeing the eclipse!

The party begins....
 

August 19-20, 2017

Last-minute arrivals will get in place, together with those who have had to fight their own travel glitches, and make alternate arrangements to get here. Some will have missed their pre-eclipse tours, but that's OK - as long as they're in the path by Sunday night, all is OK. The worry can then focus on equipment, mental preparedness, and weather.

Scientists and amateur photographers who will be recording the event go over their preparations one last time. Sequences of events and actions that have been planned years in advance, and practiced countless times to ensure mastery, will be practised one last time. All batteries will be replaced with new ones. All film, batteries and memory cards will be double- and triple-checked. Everything will be set up, taped down, sealed against the dew, and put to bed for the last time. Tomorrow is the big day, and nothing can go wrong.

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