Mid-day total darkness will be crossing the continental United States for the first time in 38 years on August 21, 2017. No, it’s not plagues of locust flying through the air, it’s a rare total solar eclipse that will be cutting a path from the west coast to the east coast across with the epicenter of darkness near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
If you want to experience the longest period of darkness in the country, you need to be at the Casey Jones Distillery in Hopkinsville. The eclipse will cover the area with total darkness for 2 minutes and 41.2 seconds beginning Monday, August 21 at 1:24 CDT. You can check out this interactive NASA solar map to see the exact time and duration of darkness across the entire U.S.
Casey’s Cut Total Eclipse Moonshine
To celebrate this unique experience the clever distillers at Casey Jones have developed a 100 Proof Moonshine aptly named, “Casey’s Cut Total Eclipse Moonshine,” the “Official Drink of the 2017 Solar Eclipse”. It only seems appropriate for a distilled spirit that has its roots in being created by the light of the moon to be celebrating mid-day darkness.
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“Not only is Casey Jones Distillery the best place to see the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, but between now and then, it’s also the best place to taste the eclipse. This latest in the Casey’s Cut lineup of spirits has proven to be one of our most popular yet,” says Master Distiller, Arlon Casey “AJ” Jones.
AJ says each Casey’s Cut bottle, whether the commemorative eclipse drink or one of their five other corn whiskey spirits, is handcrafted at the distillery. Each drop that comes off their unique coffin shaped “Golden Pond” copper still is tested for quality, and bottled with care at the small-batch distillery.
A Four Day Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Distillery
Casey Jones Distillery is set to host a four day event surrounding the 2017 solar eclipse beginning Friday, August 18. Festivities include camping & RV parking, food trucks, music, tours and of course tastings.
Casey Jones Distillery also produces their original spirit, Casey’s Cut 92 proof Moonshine, as well as flavored moonshine including Casey’s Cut Apple Moonshine, Casey’s Cut Grape Muscadine Moonshine, Casey’s Cut Peach Moonshine and Casey’s Barrel Cut Moonshine.
Total Eclipse Facts
Q: What is a total solar eclipse?
A: A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The moon, directly between the sun and earth, casts a shadow on the planet.
Q: When was the last total solar eclipse in the continental US?
A: The last total eclipse in the US occurred February 26, 1979.
Q: When is the next total solar eclipse in the US?
A: The next total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. will occur April 8, 2024.