NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first total solar eclipse since 1478 happens 1:27 p.m. Aug. 21 in downtown Nashville.
Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” it’s the first total solar eclipse to sweep from coast to coast since 1918. The path of totality is only 70 miles wide, touches no land outside the U.S., and Nashville is the largest city within that path.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party takes place Aug. 19-21 at Adventure Science Center.
Outside the building, festival goers can enter a universe of exciting, interactive science and technology exploration with more than 100 booths arranged in “worlds” to explore everything from “Sci-Fi Science” to the “Tech of Tomorrow.”
The free outdoor festival features live music performances, live science demonstrations, solar telescope viewing stations, science-themed games, contests, and prizes, local food trucks, and even a splash pad.
Inside the Center, ticketholders have the opportunity to explore “Nature Unleashed” – a traveling exhibition focused on extreme weather events, enjoy exciting hands-on science activities and demonstrations, attend discussions with special guest speakers, learn about 3D printing and other technology in the Innovation Incubator, and see “ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed” in the Sudekum Planetarium to prepare for the big event. Indoor festival ticketholders will also have access to all of the outdoor festival activities, while still being able to escape the Nashville summer heat in the comforts of an air conditioned building.
For the Eclipse Viewing Party Aug. 21, the outdoor festival transforms into a large viewing area with a giant screen broadcasting footage from NASA of the eclipse from space, live music performances and special speakers, live science demonstrations, solar telescope viewing stations, science-themed games, contests, and prizes, food trucks and a splash pad.
For tickets and more information, visit www.adventuresci.org/eclipse.
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