The exact location of best totality in the world for this solar eclipse. "the shadow of the moon, or umbra, is more circular there than anywhere else in the world." My son asked about potentially going to this very exact location to view this infrequent event. It was well worth the trip and the shared experience.
From the L.A. Times / NASA: "the “point of greatest eclipse.” "The point of greatest eclipse is actually a point in time, not a physical place, said Renee Weber, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
More specifically, it’s when “the axis of the moon’s shadow is pointed most directly at the center of the Earth,” Weber explained on NASA TV.
One upshot of being at the point of greatest eclipse is that the shadow of the moon, or umbra, is more circular there than anywhere else in the world"
These are quotes from an L.A. Times article (see link below) that describes why Hopkinsville, Kentucky was the best place on earth to see the 2017 eclipse. However, Hopkinsville was only the biggest town closest to this point, but the actual exact location was about 1/2 a mile from the border of the town in the town named Cerulean, Kentucky (where the crayon color Cerulean blue comes from because of the color of the water in the quarries there). Some people (hundreds) in Cerulean were not even in the correct place and had gathered in a large field location on private property and had paid to view from that location. When they found out on Saturday that it wasn't the exact location, they asked for their money back, but it was not returned.
2017 solar eclipse at 100% totality. 📅 August 21, 2017 at 1:27 PM 📷 Canon PowerShot SX60 HS (1365mm) IMG_1347.CR2
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