The Great American Eclipse shines on WKU

The Great American Eclipse shines on WKU

WKU will be a prime viewing spot for the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S. in 38 years on Monday, Aug. 21.

The path of totality stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, cutting across the southwestern part of Kentucky.

WKU will be opening Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium to thousands of students from school districts across the state to view the event. Educational activities will take place on the field beginning around 11:30 a.m.

Totality starts at 1:27:23 p.m. and ends at 1:28:39 p.m.

Other viewing events at WKU include:

The WKU Hardin Planetarium will be showing “Into the Shadow of the Disappearing Sun” on select days up until the eclipse. The presentation will help viewers understand how to safely view the eclipse and how to best prepare to enjoy the rare phenomenon.

A WKU Great American Eclipse Premier Event will be held at the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Stadium Club. Tickets are $60 and include lunch, eclipse safety viewers, gift bag and a parking pass. There will be a welcome by WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, a visit from Head Football Coach Mike Sanford and a presentation by eclipse expert Dr. Gordon Emslie.

The WKU Agriculture Research and Education Center will also be offering a limited number of parking spaces for viewing. Parking will open at 8 a.m. and reservation information can be found on their website.

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