Prepping for the Solar Eclipse

2017 Total Solar Eclipse US Event Map


Date: August 21, 2017

Time: 1:27 pm (Middle Tennessee Area)

What is the Solar Eclipse?

“An eclipse of the Sun happens when the New Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun’s rays and casting a shadow on parts of the Earth.”

The Eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017 is known as a Total. A Total Solar Eclipse is when the Moon completely covers the Sun. It can only take place when the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth. You can only see a total solar eclipse if you’re in the right path where the Moon’s casts its darkest shadow, the umbra.

More information can be found here.

Prepping for the Solar Eclipse

  1. Plan where you want to watch. There are multiple places that are providing “viewing parties” here in the Middle Tennessee area! To name a few:
  • MTSU

o   11 am – 1:45 pm

o   Yard in front of the new Science Building

  • Tennessee State Parks

o   12 pm – 3 pm

o   312 Rosa L Parks Ave William R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

o   Tennessee State Parks Solar Eclipse Information

  • The Nashville Zoo

o   12 pm – 3 pm

o   3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37167

o   Animal Behaviors during Solar Eclipse

  • Sam Davis Home

o   1 pm – 2 pm

o   1399 Sam David Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167

  • Stones River National Battlefield

o   10 am – 3 pm

o   1563 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129


  1. Be Ready, Don’t Hesitate!

This is the first eclipse since 1918! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface.

“If you’re wearing your eclipse glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything, you know it’s safe and it’s time to take them off,” Young said.

More information on the 2017 eclipse. 


  1. Expect Traffic.

The state of Tennessee expects anywhere between 300,000 to over a million visitors to view the solar eclipse. They are encouraging people NOT to stop or pull over on the side of the road. Shoulders should be cleared for any emergency personnel. This is why it’s important to have a plan in place of where you will be watching the event take place.






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