Eclipse 2017: What you need to know

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The sky will darken as the moon covers part of the sun in our region, resulting in a spectacular sight in the sky! The Tri-Cities will see a partial solar eclipse, while areas south and west of the Tri-Cities, including Nashville, Oak Ridge, Cookeville and Crossville, Tennessee will see a total solar eclipse.

In the Tri-Cities the eclipse will begin around 1:07 p.m. in the afternoon, with peak eclipse around 2:36 p.m. The eclipse will conclude around 4 p.m. eastern.

Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

To view the eclipse, you'll need special glasses to protect your eyes. These glasses are available online and at Bays Mountain's Planetarium, locally. Many local stores such as Walmart, Lowe's and Ingles are also selling them. 

NASA Website:

Eye Safety:

Interactive Map:

Local Eclipse Viewing Locations:

Some facts and information about the eclipse:

What Will the Solar Eclipse Look Like?

Local efforts to protect your eyes during the eclipse:

Below are some graphics detailing more about this year's eclipse:

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