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Total solar eclipse close to Mid-South in 2017

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A rare event is going to happen very close to the Mid-South but you will have to wait a while to experience it.

On August 21st, 2017, a full solar eclipse will happen and turn day briefly into night. It won’t be a total eclipse here in the Mid-South, but it may still look like it.

The actual path of the total eclipse will travel through central Missouri, Paducah KY and Nashville, TN. The path is narrow but it’s rare that it’s this close to the Mid-South. You are just a three hour drive from experiencing it. See the path graphic below from

The last time this happened in the lower 48 was 1979. And it won’t happen again until 2024. Even though it’s still a little under two years away, it’s still pretty cool to think about. If you want all the details click here or just go to 

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