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On April 8, 2024, Kentucky will see a total eclipse of the Sun. The counties bordering the western part of the state will see totality. The rest of the state will see a partial eclipse of the Sun. Kentucky was the center of attention back on August 21, 2017 (greatest eclipse), but this time around, that has all shifted westward, with the greatest eclipse occurring in Mexico.
The next total eclipse of the Sun for the state of Kentucky won’t be until October 17, 2153, through the middle part of the state. After that, the next one will cover the mid and eastern portion of the state on May 17, 2645. Mark your calendars!
Eclipses of the Sun happen once every 18 months…on average. The cone of darkness from the Moon is no more than 62 to 166 miles wide as it travels across the Earth’s sunlit surface, depending on how far away the Moon is away from the Earth. The Moon and Sun, and Earth must be in the right place and at the right time to see a total eclipse of the Sun for your location. For Kentucky, if you don’t see the eclipse in 2024, then there is always 2153!