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Experiencing the solar eclipse in the Tri-State

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We’re less than a month away from the first total eclipse in the contiguous United States since 1979 and the first to cross both the West Coast and the East Coast since 1918. It will be a unique sight in the Tri-State, but to have the best experience, you’ll have to travel outside the area.
 
While everyone in the United States will experience a partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, only those within the path of totality will experience the total eclipse. This will be a roughly 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east. Even if just 1% of the sun is showing, it will not get nearly as dark or cool compared to when the sun is completely blacked out. That’s why to maximize the experience, you must get inside this path.
 
While the path of totality will be close to us, nowhere in the Tri-State will experience a total eclipse. In Cincinnati, the partial eclipse will begin around 1pm and end around 3:50pm. The time you’ll want to make sure you’re outside is during the peak, which will occur between 2:25pm-2:30pm. During this short window, approximately 91.3% of the sun will be covered by the moon. The farther south you live, the more the sun will be covered.
 
If you want to experience the total eclipse, the closest place to the Tri-State is Bowling Green, Kentucky, about a 3 ½ hour drive south of Cincinnati. Here the sun will be completely blacked out for 1 minute and 27 seconds beginning at 1:28 pm CDT (2:28pm EDT). If you want the ultimate eclipse experience, you’ll want to head to a small spot between Princeton and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It is at this spot where the point of greatest eclipse will occur; the point where the axis of the moon’s shadow will be closest to Earth. Here the sun will be blacked out for nearly the maximum amount of time; 2 minutes and 40.1 seconds beginning at 1:24pm CDT (2:24pm EDT).
 
It should be noted that you should give yourself extra time to reach places within the path of totality. Roads are expected to be quite congested the day of the eclipse. If you want to spend the night inside the path, book a hotel now. They’re going quickly.

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