CHARLESTON, Tenn. – A total solar eclipse occurs 2:30 p.m. ET Monday, August 21 in Southeast Tennessee. It is a beautiful sight to behold – the moon completely blocks the sun, daytime becomes twilight, and the sun’s corona shimmers in the dark sky.
Most areas across the nation will experience a partial eclipse; However, a large portion of Southeast Tennessee will experience the “path of totality” – the total eclipse of the sun - around 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT. Observers within this path of totality will see the sun completely obscured by the moon and will be able to view the sun’s corona (weather permitting).
Please note: To watch the partial stages of the eclipse, you must have proper eye protection. Eclipse glasses are affordable and safe. For more information, visit www.greatamericaneclipse.com/eclipse-viewing.
The following Southeast Tennessee towns will experience the total eclipse: Athens, Benton, Calhoun, Charleston, Cleveland, Copperhill, Dayton, Decatur, Delano, Dunlap, Englewood, Etowah, Grandview, Graysville, Niota, Ocoee, Pikeville, Riceville, Sale Creek, Spring City and Ten Mile.
Eclipse-themed events will be taking place across the region.
Solar Eclipse Events in Southeast Tennessee: Solar Sip & See
@ Morris Vineyard & Winery
346 Union Grove Rd., Charleston, TN
Aug. 21 from 1-4 p.m. ET
Enjoy wine tastings, food, live music and more.
Eclipse glasses included in ticket price.
Sun & Moon Festival
@ Historic Hiwassee Union Church
Cherokee National Forest, Reliance, TN | 423-338-5040
Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. ET: Stargazing and smores
Aug. 21 at Noon ET: Family-friendly eclipse viewing festival begins.
Free eclipse glasses available (while supplies last).
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
@ Savannah Oaks Winery
1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513
Aug. 21 at Noon ET
Enjoy a full weekend of events leading up to the eclipse-viewing party.
This local winery will also release a limited-edition Eclipse Wine.
Eclipse Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Ocoee River
@ Adventures Unlimited
522 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 800-882-0667
Whitewater rafting during the total solar eclipse followed by an after-party.
Eclipse Viewing at the Hoist House
@ Ducktown Basin Museum
212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown, TN | 423-496-5778
Aug. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. ET
@ Fall Creek Falls State Park
10821 Park Rd., Spencer, TN | 423-881-5298
Enjoy a weekend of activities, including events related to astronomy and the eclipse.
Hang Out in the Dark
@ Starr Mountain Outfitters
601 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-781-7695
Bring your hammock (or chairs) to hang out in downtown Etowah during the total solar eclipse and enjoy music, food and entertainment.
Total Eclipse in the Park
@ Head of the Sequatchie
225 Tranquility Ln., Pikeville, TN
Join the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail for an exclusive viewing of the solar eclipse.
Ticket price includes live music, ranger-led hikes, family-friendly programs, and food vendors.
Tickets: $15.66 online (kids under 12 years admitted free with a paid adult). Only 200 tickets available. Ticket includes a pair of eclipse viewing glasses and a one-year membership to Friends of the Cumberland Trail.
Niota Solar Eclipse Festival
@ Niota Historic Railroad Depot
201 E. Main St., Niota, TN | 423-568-2584
Aug. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Guest speaker: Michael Genest, a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Space Program who recently retired from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Enjoy entertainment by the Michael Mays Family, Vicky Gould and Ron Clayton. Free eclipse viewing glasses for the first 200 guests.
For more information on events, visit www.SoutheastTennessee.com/eclipse.
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