22 Places to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse

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22 Places to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse


Areas of East Tennessee are hosting a variety of viewing parties or events for people to watch the Monday, Aug. 21, solar eclipse.

Knox County students are out of school so area locations expect families will be looking for good places to study the darkening sky. Most events are free. Some, including those at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Clingmans Dome and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, are sold out or full.

The eclipse happens because the path of the moon crosses in front of the sun and briefly turns day into night. The eclipse will happen at about 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 21. Blount and Loudon counties are in the eclipse path of totality; Knox County falls just out of that path.

Pre-eclipse events

Some locations are hosting events in advance of Aug. 21:

Pre-Eclipse talk at The University of Tennessee Arboretum: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at the 901 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, arboretum. PBS science educator Janet Ivey speaks on "A Day in the Dark! Solar Eclipse 2017!" Her TV program "Janet's Planet" is syndicated on 140 public television stations throughout the United States. Craft activities for children follow Ivey's presentation.

Maryville College Eclipse Presentation: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville. The free hour-long presentation tells people what to expect from the eclipse and how to safely view it. There'll also be discussion about eclipses' historic and scientific significance and how eclipses have been shown in art and literature.

Great American Eclipse at Parrott-Wood Memorial Library: The library will host pre-eclipse programs at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, and Monday, Aug. 14.

Tellico Plains - Standing in the Shadow of the Moon: The visitor center and museum will host eclipse-centered events Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. Those events include dream-catcher classes, videos and evening outdoor events.

Eclipse events

1. Athens' Total Eclipse in the Park: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Athens Regional Park, Regional Park Drive, Athens, Tenn. Vendors, food trucks, music, lawn games. Viewing glass sold.

2. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Eclipse Viewing: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bandy Creek Visitor Center, Oneida.

3. Blount County Public Library's Total Solar Eclipse Viewing: 1-4 p.m. at Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville. Those who wish to make pinhole cameras to view the eclipse should arrive an hour earlier.

4. Blount Mansion Eclipse Viewing Party: Starts 1 p.m. at Blunt Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville. Eclipse viewing is free but box lunches are $10 with RSVP to 865-525-2375.

5. Cable Mill at Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Solar Eclipse Event: 1-4 p.m. There'll be activity tents and telescope-aided eclipse viewing. Members of the University of Tennessee's Astronomy Club will help.

6. The Cove at Concord Park Eclipse Viewing Party: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will host a party at The Cove, 11808 S. Northshore Drive in West Knox County. There'll be music and a food truck.

7. Town of Farragut's Solar Eclipse Party: 1-3 p.m. at McFee Park, 917 McFee Road. First 300 participants receive eclipse glasses.

8. Great American Eclipse Viewing Party: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harmony Family Center, 4901 Montvale Road, Maryville. The center pool and basketball courts will be open. Experts will talk about the eclipse; food trucks will sell food. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children at http://harmonyfamilycenter.org. Viewing glasses are included. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

9. Great American Eclipse at Parrott-Wood Memorial Library: 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the library at 3133 W. Old Andrew Johnson Highway, Strawberry Plains.

Bonus: The first 200 people receive viewing glasses.

10. The Lenoir City Museum Viewing Party: 1-3 p. …

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