The countdown is on! We're now two months away from the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017! During the afternoon of August 21st, 2017, the skies across America will darken as the moon passes between the sun and the earth, causing a shadow to be cast on the earth below.
This phenomenon is known as an eclipse. During an eclipse, the dark part of the shadow is known as the umbra, and in this shadow a total eclipse is seen. The light part, where a partial solar eclipse occurs is known as the penumbra.
Your experience during the eclipse depends a lot on your location. The coolest experience (and view) will come in the path of totality. This path runs down a narrow corridor across the United States.Outside of the total solar eclipse, the sun will be partially blocked by the moon, but the view will NOT be as cool as inside the path of totality. However, it'll still be quite a show and something you'll definitely want to check out. The Tri-Cities region will see 95-97% coverage of the sun.
The eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. The last one occurred on February 26th, 1979. However, only a small part of the US saw it ,due to its small path that crossed the northwest US and poor weather conditions.
So where should you go if you want an AWESOME experience? Nashville, TN is one of the best large cities to go to, with 2+ minutes of totality. Just west of Knoxville is a good location too. Pick a spot inside the dark circles on the map above and make plans to head there! Make your reservations NOW though, as this will be a popular event! Buy your eclipse viewing glasses now too, as you MUST wear eye protection outside of the path of totality (sunglasses don't count) or risk permanent eye damage.
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