Eclipse Encounter 2017
An Eclipse viewing event designed specifically for anabaptists who have an appreciation for God's marvelous creation.
You don't want to miss the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!
If at all possible, get into the path of totality for an experience that is said to be one of nature’s most breathtaking phenomena. It is not enough to be close to the path of totality; viewing even a 95% covered sun is nowhere near as profound an experience as seeing totality. The Eclipse Encounter 2017 event to be held in Fairview, KY will be situated very near to both the point of greatest eclipse and the point of longest duration. Anabaptist presenters will speak on various topics related to God's marvelous creation including the eclipse. Telescopes, binoculars, and eclipse shades will be on-site. There may be a large crowd to share with however, so if you have your own optics, please bring them for yourself and others to enjoy! Remember it is never safe to look at the sun with unfiltered optics or the naked eye until totality is reached and the sun is completely eclipsed.
Additional Information & Registration:
To help us know how many people to prepare for, we kindly request that you contact us with the number of household members planning to attend.
Fairview, Kentucky, at the Winston Hill
(Formally 1945 Winston Family Homestead).
Address to entrance of site:
360 Charlie Hurt Rd. Elkton, KY 42220
GPS Coordinates for event: Lat. 36.8673 Lon. -87.3087
Eclipse Encounter 2017 Description
Eclipse viewing site and tents for food serving / educational topics are located on top of a beautiful pasture and wooded area, with a phenomenal view of the surrounding landscape. This lofty location should provide some cool, refreshing wind currents, good enough for any summer day! Parking will be at the bottom of the hill, so be prepared to hike to the top on a 300-500 yard long path. Shuttle service will be available for people who do not want to navigate the steep hill. Although the sessions tents will have seating available, these chairs are not for use at the eclipse viewing site, which is only a very short distance away. Please consider bringing your own lawn chairs for elderly or others who don’t wish to stand while viewing the eclipse.
Food and refreshments will be available all day, provided by Kentucky Haiti Benefit Auction (KY HBA). Cold Kentucky watermelon slices and soft serve ice cream, along with this spectacular total eclipse, will help create an experience that you will never forget!
8:30 a.m. – Seating & Announcements
9:00 a.m. – Past Weather Phenomena – Irvin Shirk – Thorp, WI
9:40 a.m. – The Solar System by the Finger of God – Ivan Martin – Penn Yan, NY
10:30 a.m. – The Brightening Glory of the Darkening Sun – Morris Yoder – Montezuma, GA
11:20 a.m. – Break for Lunch with Song; ‘How Great Thou Art’ (Food and Refreshments by KYHBA)
11:57 a.m. – Eclipse Partial Phase Begins
1:25:04 p.m. – TOTALITY BEGINS
1:27:44 p.m. – TOTALITY ENDS
2:15 p.m. – Post Eclipse Discussion
2:52 p.m. – Eclipse Partial Phase Ends
All times listed as Central Daylight Savings Time
Total Solar Eclipse experience
Experiencing a total solar eclipse, in which the Sun is completely blotted out by
the Moon, is considered to be a once in a lifetime privilege since it occurs on
average only once every 360 years for any particular location. Seeing a partial
eclipse is much more common, however, it’s nowhere near as extraordinary as
being in the center of the Moon’s shadow. Since the eye is exceptionally good at
compensating for brightness variations, the dimming of daylight isn’t even
noticeable until the Sun is about 90% covered by the Moon. Even if the Sun is
99% covered it is still about 10,000 times too bright to see the exciting
phenomena visible during the total eclipse.
Fairview, KY is favorably situated for the August 21, 2017 eclipse. It is very near
both the center of the path of totality, and the point of greatest eclipse. As the
eclipse nears totality, observers there could expect to see the western sky begin
to ominously darken as the shadow of the Moon races eastward across the
Earth’s surface at nearly 1,800 MPH. In the last minute or two before totality, the
atmosphere often distorts the final sliver of light from the Sun into scintillating
shadow bands that move across the landscape. In the final moments before
totality the tiny sliver of light is broken up by the peaks and valleys on the edge
of the Moon into only a few brilliant beacons of sunlight, these are called
bailey’s beads. The ﬁnal second provides the opportunity to see the dramatic
diamond ring effect when only one beacon is left shining through.
After that, the Sun disappears completely, the sky is dark, and the bright stars
appear. The air temperature plummets and confused birds go to roost. For a
precious couple of minutes you can see effects of the Sun you’ve never
witnessed before. The corona, which is made of streamers of plasma flowing off
the Sun, forms a crowning ﬁlamentary halo around it. Any large prominences
around the Sun at this time will be visible and appear as flames stopped in the
act of leaping off the Sun. Suddenly, without warning, a brilliant diamond ring
reappears as the Sun returns and the laws of nature which seemed to have
been broken feel as if they are falling back into place again.
People have described the eclipse experience as being emotionally moving,
ovenrvhelming, and awe inspiring. You must be within the path of totality to fully
experience the rare ethereal beauty the Creator has placed in the solar eclipse.
We invite you to join us there at the Eclipse Encounter 2017 in Fairview, KY!