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Sunrise 7:17 a.m. | Sunset 8:16 p.m.
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Did the eclipse take you by surprise?
A map of the US showing the paths of totality for the 2023 and 2024 Total Solar Ecplipses, with description text by NASA. The yellow 2023 line crosses from Oregon through Texas, while the blue 2024 line crosses up from Texas through Maine.
These calculations are heavy duty — you’re looking for the blue line. | Photo via NASA
Today at about 2 p.m., the moon will begin to pass in front of the sun in the first solar eclipse the US has seen in seven years. While Louisville isn’t within the path of totality, it will experience 98.8% obscuration by 3:06 p.m. — which is pretty darn close.

Thousands of people are traveling north + west to experience complete totality, but you can still enjoy the cosmological event if you’re planning on staying put.

The most important thing to keep in mind is safety. If you don’t have approved eclipse glasses or another safe solar viewer, do not look directly at the sun. Sunglasses aren’t enough to protect you from its harmful rays. But don’t worry, there are other ways to observe the eclipse.

Completely last minute

If you only have a few minutes to step outside, you’ll still be able to see the effects of the eclipse — it’ll be about as dark as early dusk at 3:06 p.m.

If you stand under one of Louisville’s many beautiful trees (39% of the city is shaded by foliage), the gaps between the leaves will act like a pinhole projector and you’ll be able to watch a shadow version of the moon pass across the sun.

Since the eclipse will occur between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., the sun will be in the southern portion of the Louisville sky. For a lot of Louisville, just turn your back to the river and you’ll find it. The weather forecast looks clear, so you should have a good view.

A short trip

If you have time this afternoon, you can head to Iroquois Park or Waterfront Park to enjoy the eclipse with others for free, no registration required. If you’re looking to snack + drink while you marvel at the beauty of the universe, you can head to Against the Grain’s patio.
What was Louisville’s obscuration during the 2017 eclipse?

A. 95.8%
B. 99.1%
C. 85.5%
D. 92.4%
Monday, April 8
  • Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness | Monday, April 8 | 6 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | $40.95-$193.05 | Hear legendary singer Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers discuss their new books + catch an optional post-show dinner.
Tuesday, April 9
  • Blade and Bow Presentation + Tasting | Tuesday, April 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Joe’s Older Than Dirt, 8131 New Lagrange Rd., Louisville | $45 | Meet the leaders of this Stitzel-Weller brand and taste multiple new expressions.
Wednesday, April 10
  • “Origin” at Speed Cinema | Wednesday, April 10-Thursday, April 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $5-$8 | See the biopic about writer Isabel Wilkerson and her book on societal injustices, “Caste.”
Thursday, April 11
  • Fascinator Affair | Thursday, April 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $100 | Dress your Derby best for a fashion show + luncheon and support Waterfront Botanical Gardens at this fundraiser event.
  • Jessica Michelle Singleton Live at Monnik | Thursday, April 11 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Monnik Beer Company, 1036 E. Burnett Ave., Louisville | $20 | Grab a beer and laugh along with an internationally touring comedian + local comic Sean Smith.
Friday, April 12
  • Grand Opening Expo | Friday, April 12-Saturday, April 13 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Preston Arts Center, 8101 Warwick Ave., Louisville | Free | Celebrate the new location of this staple art supply location with seminars, art supply demos, and free samples.
Saturday, April 13
  • Beginner Sourdough Workshop | Saturday, April 13 | 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. | Work The Metal, Butchertown Market Building, 1201 Story Ave., Louisville | $85 | Learn to care for a starter and create your own bread masterpieces.
  • Fleur de Flea | Saturday, April 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Waterfront Festival Plaza, 231 E. Witherspoon St., Louisville | Free | Shop used vinyl, furniture, and collectibles + grab a bite or drink at food trucks and pop-up bars.
Sunday, April 14
  • Ome-lit Sunday Brunch | Sunday, April 14 | 12-5 p.m. | Baxter’s 942, 942 Baxter Ave., Louisville | $10 | Chow down on breakfast food while listening to music by two live DJs.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • A New York-style pizza restaurant is coming to Bardstown Road. Wheated Louisville is planned for 1553 Bardstown Rd. An opening date is TBD. The first Wheated location opened in Brooklyn, New York in 2013 by David Sheridan, a Brooklynite who lived in Louisville until high school. (Louisville Business First)
  • A pair of boxing trunks worn by Muhammad Ali during his 1975 fight with Joe Frazier are up for auction. The black and white trunks signed by Ali are expected to sell for $4-$6 million,” making them one of the most expensive pieces of sports memorabilia of all time. (WHAS11)
  • UofL Health has been selected as the new sports medicine partner for both Racing Louisville FC and Louisville City FC. Vice president of UofL Health’s Sports Medicine Institute Brett Hayes said the research gained while working with players will help inform treatments for all its patients. (Louisville Public Media)
  • 106. That’s how many positions are open or soon-to-be open on Louisville boards + commissions. Brightside, Inc., the Cemetery Board, the Commission on Public Art, the Juneteenth Jubilee Commission, and the TARC Board of Directors are among the openings. Any Louisvillian can apply for nomination.
  • The Louisville Zoo is seeking Louisvillians with green thumbs for its Adopt-a-Garden program. Volunteers can submit a plan for their plot + maintain it from mid-April through mid-November. The zoo will hold a required orientation on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Zoo volunteers receive a discount membership among other benefits.
  • Last week, we asked you if you’d ever visit space. 52.3% of LOUtoday readers would prefer to watch the eclipse from the streets of Derby City, while 47.7% want to fly to space and see it up close and personal.
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    Ground has been broken at Windsor Park
    Windsor park groundbreaking
    Shovels met dirt on a chilly Friday afternoon at the new Windsor Park. | Photo via Mayor Greenberg
    Construction is underway at Louisville’s newest park.

    The 10.9-acre Windsor Park is located at 2401 Lamborne Blvd. on land donated to the Metro by the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Windsor Forests Homeowners Association. It will be the first park in District 25 — which represents the Parkwood, Waverly Hills, and Prarie Village areas in Louisville’s South End — and will feature a splashpad in addition to a pre-existing trailhead for the 100-mile long Louisville Loop.

    two renderings of a future splashpad at windsor park.

    Renderings show off the coming park amenities.


    Photo via Mayor Greenberg

    Mayor Craig Greenberg, District 25 councilmember Khalil Batshon, and other community leaders broke ground on the project on Friday.

    The Metropolitan Sewer District first acquired the land that will become Windsor Park in 1996 to mitigate flooding from Pond Creek and to restrict future development. The $1.3 million project is expected to be complete by this summer or early fall.
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    I’ll be enjoying the eclipse from my front steps, with the proper eye protection of course. After today, Louisville’s next solar eclipse will be in August, 2044, just in time for the 140th Kentucky State Fair.
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