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How are you spending your Eclipse Day, 2017?

Many are finding this day in America, August 21, 2017, one of the most exciting to be alive in this century as the moon and stars align for a total eclipse of the sun. Totality.

By Linda Waggener

Eclipse 2017 includes our area -- over 98% totality -- as calculated by ACHS students 98.473% darkness here in Columbia, KY starting at 1:29pmCT and lasting until 1:31pmCT -- putting us in near total darkness.

According to the website, a solar eclipse can happen only when the moon is positioned between the sun and planet Earth as its shadow falls upon the surface of Earth.

So how are you and your family spending the day? Traveling closer to western Kentucky? Home? School? Here are a few things we know from previous news:

Time will stop when the earth goes dark for wedding vows to be exchanged in Little Cake, KY.

From Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch -- from Eclipse eye damage??
Response came from Michael Potter who said, "don't worry about the cows during the Eclipse, Only people stare at the sun."

Eclipse news from the last one to happen here:

In 2008

Last Eclipse showed up over the courthouse at night

Tony Harvey said Eclipse was best in many years.

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Learning for Eclipse, ACPC 1st graders read by flashlight

2017-08-21 - Adair County Primary Center, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Patty Jones, Principal, ACPC.
Students are learning about the eclipse and having a little fun in the meantime this morning at ACPC! Above Students in Mrs. Shay Knifley's 1st grade classroom at Adair County Primary Center are doing flashlight reading to celebrate Eclipse Day. Above - Sebastian Dovenbarger, Molly Froedge, Heather Fudge, Jameson Robbins, and Alayna Roberts. Patty Jones, Principal. Paired Photo

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How are you spending eclipse day at ACPC?

2017-08-21 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Adair County, KY - Photo by Patty Jones, Principal, ACPC.
Students in Mrs. Jodie Stephen's kindergarten classroom at Adair County Primary Center, are demonstrating the eclipse using a crafted sun and a moon pie snack. Above are Cooper Brock and Arabella Harris. - Patty Jones, Principal Paired photo

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Before, During and After Eclipse 2017 in Columbia, KY

2017-08-21 - Public square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
From the upstairs windows of the official headquarters of Durham and Zornes Attorneys at Law, validating that these photos of the lights and shadows of Eclipse 2017 on the square in Columbia, are nothing but the truth, we present these "before", "during" and "after" Eclipse pictures of the historic Adair County Courthouse so readers may see for themselves how much totality we experienced. - LW

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Before Eclipse 2017 at the fountain on the square

2017-08-21 - Public square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
A group of interested folks gathered to experience the eclipse by the fountain.

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CU faculty and staff observing the eclipse

2017-08-21 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Joshua Williams.
Members of faculty and staff were among several people on Campbellsville University's campus watching the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

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The Great Eclipse Mon 21 Aug 2017: Block parties Downtown

2017-08-22 - Fountain Plaza, 1st Quadrant, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
As much as anything, observance of the Great Eclipse in Downtown Columbia, occasioned what's best about the business/with-some-residential areas - an excuse to pause a few minutes from work and be with neighbors and friends. Left Rhonda Compton Cox from the Bank of Columbia, was busy taking photos for the Bank, and acquaintances and visitors who handed her a cell phone to record the moment. Vickie Thompson, was in the plaza spreading the word of the Relay for Life, and getting occasional views of the eclipse with borrowed eyewear - everyone was sharing - and hosting visitors. J.D.Zornes of Durham & Zornes, and Dan Antle of Reed Brothers, Insurance, were acting as docents for the town - something we all need to learn to be - for visitors who had come to Columbia to be just a bit closer the the Path of Totality. Groups were congregated in front of the Adair Annex, by Murrell Burton's Real Estate Office, in front of Town Barbershop, and elsewhere. The driver of the Performance Food Service truck - we didn't get his name, was in a great mood, but lamented, "The biggest event in my lifetime . . . and I have to work." Shortly after this scene, the Columbia observers were saying, "Got to get back to work . . . " and the great lives they share every day fell back into normal routines, but with unforgettable memories. - EW

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Sandy Evert: Eclipse a reminder of redemptive work of Jesus

2017-08-22 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Sandy Evert.
This picture of the eclipse was taken on "selfie mode" from my phone. It was just one more reminder to me yesterday of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross for us . . . - Sandy Evert

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Eclipse above Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University

2017-08-22 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Stan McKinney, CU associate professor of journalism.
This view of The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 was captured through the lens of Campbellsville University professor, publisher and photographer Stan McKinney. He watched and documented along with other faculty, staff and coaches on campus preparing for the start of the fall semester. McKinney serves as lead professor of mass communication at CU, adviser of the Campus Times, the CU newspaper, and he has written four textbooks on journalism and photography. He has worked with students to create several books highlighting the CU campus and also books on veterans.

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CU Student Records staff watching the Great Solar Eclipse

2017-08-23 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Joshua Williams.
Zack Leftwich of the Office of the President at Campbellsville University takes a picture of Office of Student Records staff members as they watched the eclipse. From left are: Jennifer Lauer, Karen Smith, Carrie Hughes and Rita Creason, director. Looking over Lauer's shoulder is Trina South.

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