East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium have Record Turn-Out at Solor Eclipse Event

Aug 30, 2017

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) hosted a solar eclipse event to celebrate the All American Solar Eclipse on August 21st with over 5000 in attendance. 

The All American Solar Eclipse was the first Total Solar Eclipse visible in North America since 1979 and Kentucky was one of the states to experience totality, meaning all of the sun was covered and they would experience total darkness.  A Solar eclipse takes place when the New Moon moves in between the Earth and the Sun, and either the whole Sun or part of the Sun is blocked out.

In Prestonsburg, visitors from all over Kentucky, Virginia, parts of Ohio, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College faculty, staff and students experienced 94% totality.  Visitors to the Science Center toured the Hubble exhibit, watched a live stream of the Eclipse from NASA and visited the gift shop during the eclipse.  The staff of the EKSC plus a few volunteers handed out over 4800 eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers that were supplied by NASA and several planetarium organizations.

“An event like this is so profound, and for many this has been their first time experiencing an eclipse of any kind” said Steve Russo, EKSC director.  “My staff and I were very happy with the number of people who showed up to the event, and that we provided a great opportunity to the community”.

The next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States will occur in 2024, and totality will run through 14 states, in a line from Texas, through Western Kentucky, through Ohio, and upstate New York.