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2017 Solar Eclipse

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Welcome to the official page of the Great American Eclipse for the Madisonville – Hopkins County area. You will find all the information  needed to make your Solar Madness experience a great one!

Millions of Americans will see the sight of a lifetime on August 21, 2017 when a rare total solar eclipse sweeps the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. Day will turn to night  and the sky’s most beautiful spectacle, the Sun’s corona, will reveal itself in grandeur.

Visitors to this area will experience darkness in totality beginning at 1:24 pm from 2 minutes 31 seconds in Dawson Springs to 1 minute 47 seconds in Madisonville and points in between.

For more information about the total solar eclipse, please visit http://nationaleclipse.com

 

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News

Independence Bank President Kent Mills announced plans to host a FREE outdoor concert in celebration of the growth they are experiencing in the market.  The headlining talent for the Sounds of Independence will be Jennifer Nettles.  The concert will take place on Saturday, August 19th in Madisonville, KY at the Ballard Convention Center and Fairgrounds.  The concert will be outdoors rain or shine.  The weekend is centered around the events taking place leading up to the solar eclipse on Monday.  Nettles has been credited as one of the most admired and animated performers of her time.  She has been honored by her songwriting abilities with five awards for her #1 Platinum hit “Stay,” that also earned her GRAMMY, ACM and CMA awards.  She is the first female artist since 1972 to be the female solo songwriter artist on an ACM Song of the year winner.  Her powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy earned her the Crystal Milestone Award for her outstanding performances.  For additional concert information and details please visit www.1776bank.com.

Events

“The Eclipse at Madisonville Community College”

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7 pm.   Total Solar Eclipse 2017:  Celestial Dynamics and Eclipse Chasing

Free educational seminar presented by MCC Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Aseem Talukar and Dr. George Steedly of Webster County to be held on the campus of Madisonville Community College at 2000 College Drive.  Discussion will include a review of the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing and photographing of the eclipse, and Dr. Steedly’s personal eclipse chasing experiences.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017- 5:30 pm.  Solar Eclipses in History and Literature

Join us at Big City Market & Coffee Bar located at 25 Sugg Street in Madisonville and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a bite to eat while listening to MCC Professors Dr. Robin West and Scott Vander Ploeg explain historical and literary eclipse references.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – 5:30 pm  Total Solar Eclipse 2017:  Celestial Dynamics and Eclipse Chasing

Join us at Big City Market & Coffee Bar located at 25 Sugg Street in Madisonville for a free educational seminar for the community presented by MCC Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Aseem Talukar and Dr. George Steedly of Webster County.  Discussion will include a review of the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing and photographing of the eclipse, and Dr. Steedly’s personal eclipse chasing experiences.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 2 pm.  Total Solar Eclipse 2017:  Celestial Dynamics and Eclipse Chasing

Don’t miss out on this free educational seminar presented by MCC Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Aseem Talukar and Dr. George Steedly of Webster County to be held on the campus of Madisonville Community College located at 2000 College Drive.  Discussion will include a review of the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing and photographing of the eclipse, and Steedly’s personal eclipse chasing experiences.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 – 2 – 2:45 pm. & 3 – 3:45 pm  Planetarium Seminar:  The Night Skies Around Us

How often can you see the stars in the middle of the day?  Well you can!  Along with seeing the stars in the night sky, one will travel to distant galaxies and to the moons of Jupiter as well.  Billy Hix, director of STEM outreach at Motlow College and a NASA faculty fellow, presents his portable planetarium  at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on the campus of Madisonville Community College.  Hix has worked with thousands of students, teachers and the public inside his planetarium and promises that it will be a “WOW” event as everyone gets warmed up for the solar eclipse the next day.

Friday, August 19 – Monday, August 21, 2017     Dawson Springs Events

Special cultural displays at the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center and the Darby House Welcome Center reliving the former famous health resort of the upper south’s history

Live bands and celestial educational sessions will be provided at each main camping location, ON SITE, along with many vendors offering a wide variety of arts and crafts, eclipse specialties, and a wide variety of foods

Camping

Dawson Springs

320 affordable campsites – 50′ x 50′ with 20′ turnaround

Sewage removal  and potable water available

$100 per night (two-night minimum) $50 each additional night includes event passes

Located off I69 Exit 92

Contact:  270-797-2781 or jdunbar@dawsonspringsky.com

 

Madisonville

Hopkins County Fairgrounds

605 East Arch Street, Madisonville

Located one mile off I69 Exit 114

Prime camping with electricity, water and dump station

Contact:  270-792-9011  or danabrown@ballardconventioncenter.com

 

Lodging Directory

Please visit the STAY page of this website and call the lodging facility directly for rates and availability.