The 2017 Solar Eclipse is finally here, and citizens of Tennessee will have one of the best views for observing the eclipse. Here’s your guide on what time of day the eclipse is visible in Tennessee, the map and path of totality, weather forecasts, traffic news and more.
Nashville is inside the path of the eclipse but is 40km (about 25 miles) south of the central line.
ECLIPSE TIME: In Tennessee, the partial eclipse (when the moon begins to inch in front of the sun) will begin at 11:58 am. Full totality will begin in Nashville at 1:27pm and end at 1:29pm. The partial eclipse will end at 2:54pm in Tennessee.
WEATHER: Weather is excellent in Tennessee for viewing the eclipse. In Nashville, it is 88 degrees and sunny, and expected to remain clear for the rest of the day. Partial clouds may briefly obstruct the view at 1pm.
VIEWING: Public viewing events will be happening all over Tennessee, including at the Adventure Science Center, Bicentennial Mall, First Tennessee Park, and many of the Tennessee wineries. Click here to learn more about eclipse viewing events in different cities of Tennessee.
Traffic is expected to clog many main roadways in Tennessee, with rush-hour conditions lasting throughout most of the day. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended lane closures and traffic restrictions due to construction between noon Friday and noon Tuesday.
PATH: The average width of the path of totality is 71.5 miles across Tennessee, and the central line covers 188 miles across Tennessee.
The total solar eclipse will pass through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Nashville has not experienced a total solar eclipse since July 29, 1478, and the next one isn’t expected until 2566.