Tennessee will see something it hasn’t in over 500 years: A total solar eclipse

A solar eclipse simulator at the Adventure Science Center. (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A little over a year from now, people in Nashville and much of northern Middle Tennessee will get to see something that has not occurred here in over 500 years.

There will be a total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017.

“It’s essentially unlike anything anyone has ever seen,” said Derrick Rohl at the Adventure Science Center.

(Photo WKRN; Map: Adventure Science Center)
(Photo WKRN; Map: Adventure Science Center)

The moon is going to block the light from the sun here in Nashville.

“The sky will go so dark that if it’s perfectly clear out, we’ve got a great chance to see stars in the middle of the day,” Rohl told News 2.

The totality of the eclipse is expected to last just under two minutes, meaning there will be two minutes of darkness.

Heading just a bit further northeast of town will get you a little more time.

“But Nashville is actually the largest city that is completely within the totality in the country,” Rohl said. “People are forecasting anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of visitors coming to Nashville.”

And though we get to see the eclipse right here, there are other parts of Middle Tennessee expecting visitors from the world as well.

(Photo WKRN; Map: Adventure Science Center)
(Photo WKRN; Map: Adventure Science Center)

“Gallatin is right on the center line of the path of the eclipse. As you know, the path of the eclipse begins in Oregon and goes down to South Carolina, about a 70-mile wide path,” said Barry Young with the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“And the path comes right through here, and Triple Creek Park, where we are right now, is where our event’s going to be. We’re calling it ‘Gallatin: Tennessee’s Eclipse Encounter.’ We’re right on the center line of the path, so this is the place to see the eclipse,” he added.

Young told News 2 they have 300 visitors they know are coming from Japan, as well as some from the United Kingdom and Holland.

“We’re going to have folks from Arizona and Florida, so it’s going to be an international event—a good cultural thing for Sumner County and Gallatin.”

So mark your calendars. August 21, 2017 will go down in history.

Additional Links: The Great American Solar Eclipse || National Eclipse

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