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Local Circumstances for the 21 AUG 2017 Total Solar Eclipse at Franklin, KY:

Latitude: 36° 43' 20" NLongitude: 86° 34' 38" W
Duration of Totality*: 2m 26sPartial phase start: 11:58:34AM (CDT), at "1:30 o'clock" on the sun's disk
Totality Start*: 1:26:51PM (CDT)
*All times shown are calculated for the lat/long specified above, and are accurate to within a couple of seconds, due mainly to influences of the "edge effects" at the start and end of totality.
For a more detailed explanation of this, please see the "About Accuracy" section of this great 2017 eclipse page by Ernie Wright of NASA!
Please also note that these times have been converted from UTC; if you see times on other sites that say "UTC"/ "UT", or "GMT", those are NOT the local times for you in Franklin!

Standard Google Map of Franklin and vicinity
Current Weather Forecast for Franklin
Visit our "Weather" links above for other great cloud cover forecast maps!

Xavier Jubier's interactive map of the path near Franklin

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Launch a full-screen version of the above map!

Franklin, KY

Franklin is in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017!
Observers there will see (appx.) 2m 26s of totality!

(Get your eclipse glasses here – you MUST have them to safely view the partial phases!)

Do you have a location that could host folks seeking to watch the eclipse?
First, we'd suggest you contact your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Town/City Council.
But then, check out Sky & Telescope Magazine's Marketplace for viewing locations! also has a (paid) Eclipse advertising section, where you can make and post an ad to promote your products and services!


Please be sure to check out Dr. Kate Russo's excellent White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning!

Not where you want to be?
Go back to other KY cities!
Visit community pages for other states


Please visit Franklin, KY's 2017 eclipse Facebook page!

Official Plans for viewing the eclipse from Franklin

Here are some of the exciting events that are planned for Franklin's eclipse weekend!


August 21st, 2017 – 9:45am to 3:00pm.   6250 Nashville Rd., Franklin, KY 42134

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Franklin, KY.  Located at the Franklin Drive-In – Partial Eclipse starts at 11:58am; total eclipse at 1:26pm.  Totality 2 min and 34 seconds (one of the longest totality times in the area).  Admission $5 per car load.  Narration by Tom Mason, Telescope Operator of the 60" & 100" Historic Telescopes at Mt Wilson Observatory ( in the mountains above Pasadena, CA.  Telescopes will be set up for close-up viewing and cell phone photography of solar eclipse.  Projection of eclipse onto a large screen.  Car Parking with concessions including burgers, drinks, ice cream and candy.  Eclipse glasses for sale.  Contact Franklin-Simpson Tourism for more information 270-586-3040.


August 21st, 2017 – 4:00pm.  205 West Cedar St., Franklin, KY 42134

Total Solar Eclipse Happy Hour and Dinner Party at the Brickyard Cafe in Downtown Franklin.  Share your photos and enjoy a delicious dinner.  Reservations may be requested at 270-586-9080.


August 20th, 2017 – 3:00pm – 7:00pm.   208 Harding Rd., Franklin, KY 42134

Total Solar Eclipse Cocktails at Dueling Grounds Distillery.  Great event to attend before the Total Solar Eclipse. 


August 20th, 2017 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm.   430 South College Street., Franklin, KY 42134

Telescope Making Workshop.  Make your own telescope workshop (materials and hands-on instructions provided).  Located at The Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School Campus.  Cost $100  Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance (limit 15 participants per workshop) 270-586-3040.  Led by Western Kentucky University Professor and Astronomer Rico Tyler.

View the night time sky using your telescope from the workshop.  Bring your new telescope to view the sky during total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st at the Franklin Drive In. 


August 20th, 2017 – 8:00pm -  430 South College Street., Franklin, KY 42134

Viewing the Nighttime Sky – Free event led by Western Kentucky University Astronomer Rico Tyler.  Located at the Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School Campus.

Pictures of the Franklin area

No pictures of Franklin have been submitted yet!

If you are an official of Franklin, who is responsible for Eclipse2017 public outreach,
please send us information about your community’s 2017 eclipse plans – so we can share it here with everyone!
(Please note, we are completely swamped with requests, so NO more pictures - and PLEASE give us the text EXACTLY so we can cut and paste it in!) encourages everyone to get into the path of totality on eclipse day,
and see one of the greatest sights the sky has to offer!

(And make sure to have eclipse glasses on hand for everyone!)

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