Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

August 21, 2017: 9 AM - 3 PM, Kentucky State Fairgrounds

 Join WDRB and the planetarium at the State Fair on Monday, August 21, North Wing Lobby, for a solar eclipse event. The Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium will be on site 9 AM - 2 PM for virtual live fly-throughs of the universe. 1:30 - 2:45 PM, scientists and meteorolgists will be on hand to help everyone understand what's happening and to answer questions. Solar eclipse glasses will be given away at the fairgrounds the day of the eclipse as long as supplies last.

The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will be open to the public 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM with live feed from NASA. There is a solar telescope in the courtyard that visitors are welcome to use.

If you don't have certified safe solar eclipse viewing glasses, click here for other methods of observing the eclipse.

(Note: 8/21 is the first day of class for the university and the peak of the eclipse will occur during JCPS middle and high school release times, so traffic and parking around campus may be challenging. There are  pay lot options and street metered parking options for those who do not have university parking permits. Click here for directions and parking information.)


The links below provide excellent information about the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Details specific to viewing in Louisville

NASA eclipse website

Cities in path of Totality

Detailed information about eclipses

EarthSky article

Why Hopkinsville, KY is in the spotlight