There’s some great news for Tennesseans hoping to get a great view of Monday’s solar eclipse: Nashville is directly in the path of totality.
“On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will have a solar eclipse. The Moon will cover at least part of the Sun for 2 to 3 hours,” the American Astronomical Society explains. “Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The Moon will completely block the Sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the Sun’s diaphanous outer atmosphere, or corona.”
That path of the eclipse over Nashville makes the city the largest in the U.S. that sits in its direct path.
The “total eclipse” path started from Lincoln Beach, Oregon and is stretching southeastward toward Charleston, South Carolina.
If you’re not in the totality path of the eclipse, don’t worry: Observers outside the path will still be treated to a partial visual when the moon covers a portion of the sun.
Here’s what you need to know about the eclipse in Nashville:
The total solar eclipse will enter Tennessee at 1:25 p.m. Central time and will leave at 2:36 p.m. In Nashville, the total eclipse will start at around 1:27 p.m. Central time and will occur for 1 minute, 57 seconds, noted The Great American Eclipse.
If you’re planning on viewing the rare astronomical event, be sure to wear proper eye wear, as staring at the eclipse will cause substantial eye damage.
Weather is a factor in how well you will be able to see the solar eclipse. Fortunately for those in the Nashville area, the total eclipse will be extremely visible because of a stellar weather forecast.
According to The Weather Channel, it’s a sunny 92 degrees in Nashville with no clouds in the sky, making for quite a phenomenal site for all to see.