Did you know that Paducah is an official NASA viewing site for the eclipse? WKCTC will hold its Night at Noon eclipse party on the big day – August 21. The Night at Noon Eclipse Party is free and open to the public. It’s being held at the Challenger Learning Center from 11am to 2pm.
WKCTC will accompany this amazing cosmic event with fun, food, vendors, music, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream and free science demonstrations. See the NASA High Altitude Balloon Launch! There will also be a drawing to give away an Xbox 1 and game.
The partial eclipse begins at 11:54:03 a.m., with 2 minutes and 21 seconds of totality beginning at 1:22:15 p.m. All guests will receive free viewing glasses.
Mellisa Duncan, Director of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah, is thrilled to help host the event. “We are very excited about the eclipse and having Terry Wilcutt, Kentucky’s only astronaut visit!”
Join former astronaut, and Kentucky-native, Terry Wilcutt as he narrated the eclipse and shares his space tales with those attending. He will also be available to sign autographs on T-shirts and posters that will be for sale.
Viewers who are looking at the eclipse with 'solar glasses' will be able to see when the sun's face is completely obscured by the moon - because the only light that can penetrate these 'solar glasses' is the light from the sun's disk. Viewers can observe the moon creep slowly over the sun's disk and eventually cover the sun entirely.
In the moments before totality, viewers will see a crescent of light from the sun growing thinner and thinner as the moon progresses over its face. Just before the disk of the sun is entirely covered by the moon, the crescent will break up into a series of small dots of light that look like beads on a string (typically there are about three to eight such dots). These are called Baily's beads (after Francis Baily, the British astronomer who discovered them). Once the last bead disappears, the face of the sun has been covered by the moon, and totality has begun.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets to sit on, and sunscreen – WKCTC will have everything else you need to make this an eclipse to remember! Night At Noon is perfect for family viewing - but please remember that the eclipse is not suitable for those little ones under four years of age.
This event is not recommended for children 4 and younger. Prohibited items include alcohol, illegal substances, tobacco products, weapons, non-service animals, remote control aircraft or drones, fireworks, laser devices and glass bottles.