‘Star Party’ will tell you everything you need to know for solar eclipse

(Courtesy: Metro Parks and Recreation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Great American Eclipse is crossing right through Tennessee next year, and city officials in Nashville want to help you learn everything you need to know.

Metro Parks and Recreation is hosting an event this Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at the Parthenon in Centennial Park to celebrate and start the countdown.

Where is your house on the map? How long will the sun be blocked in your neighborhood? You can find all that out at the “Star Party.”

You can also learn the safest ways to view the eclipse and other tips about the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. The Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society (BSAS) will be on hand to tell you everything you need to know.

This Sunday’s event begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

As for next year, plans are still in discussion. City officials from the mayor’s office, Metro Schools, surrounding counties, and other departments are all involved in meetings hosted by the Adventure Science Center to talk about plans for the Aug. 17, 2017 eclipse.

More on the Great American Eclipse

It’ll be first time in nearly 100 years a total solar eclipse will cross the United States and, and the first time in around 500 years for Middle Tennessee to be in the path.

The last total eclipse in Nashville was in 1478.

After 2017, the next will be the year 2566.

While many have viewed partial eclipses, the last total eclipse in the U.S.–which just barely nicked U.S. territory–was 1979.

Very few people have witnessed a total eclipse.

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

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

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