Mark your calendars because for the first time in 38 years some lucky US residents will be able to witness a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse is when the moon orbits between the sun and earth completely blocking the sun from view. If you are able to go out and see it you should, the next one won’t make an appearance in the US until 2024. Find out the best places to view the solar eclipse near Knoxville, TN below.
Best Places to view the Solar Eclipse near Knoxville, TN
Everyone in the US, provided clear weather, should be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Residents who are in the path of totality will be lucky enough to witness a total solar eclipse lasting for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The path of totality is a 70 mile wide strip that spans from Oregon to South Carolina. The largest city in Tennessee that resides within the path of totality is Nashville.
Knoxville and the surrounding areas are just outside the path of totality, but not by much. We suggest residents travel southwest until they are inside the path where they can get the full experience. The town of Sweetwater, TN is hosting eclipse events and would be a great location to head to. An Eclipse 2017 Sweetwater, TN Facebook page has been created to organize local eclipse information. It is also a good idea to check the weather forecast the morning of August 21st so you can head somewhere that is expecting clear weather.
Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safely
Please make sure to follow safety precautions on the day of the solar eclipse. Staring directly into the sun, even when it is partially blocked, can be very damaging to your eyes. Sunglasses are not enough protection. To experience the solar eclipse safely you should utilize solar-viewing glasses. If you are watching the eclipse through a viewing device like binoculars or a telescope those instruments should also be fitted with specialty solar filters. You can also view the eclipse through an indirect method like a pinhole camera if you do not have access to solar-viewing glasses.
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