Nashville counting down to 2017 total eclipse of the sun
Countdown begins this Sunday during daytime Star Party at Centennial Park
Nashville, TN --- On August 21, 2017, Nashville’s Parthenon will be a backdrop for one of Nature’s most amazing sights - a total eclipse of the Sun. The biggest astronomical event in U.S. history runs right through Nashville and Middle Tennessee. To celebrate and start the countdown, Metro Parks and the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society (BSAS) are hosting a free daytime “Star Party” with just one star - the Sun.
Join us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Parthenon on the area known as the Ellipse to learn about the eclipse, safe ways to view the Sun, where the best views will be, and why this event is celebrated with total fascination throughout the world.
Sunday’s event will help you find your house on an eclipse map, see how long the Sun will be blocked in your neighborhood, and other tips for viewing this amazing phenomenon. Since looking at the Sun can be damaging to eyesight, there will be experts on hand to demonstrate how to safely experience this once in a lifetime total solar eclipse in our city.
This eclipse is the first in nearly 100 years to cross the US, which has earned it the name the American Eclipse. Nashville is the largest city directly in the narrow path of totality, a rare event! The last total eclipse at the Parthenon site was in 1478. After the 2017 eclipse in Nashville, 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.
Theo Wellington, President of BSAS said "Most of us can't travel to see eclipses in places like Indonesia, Australia or Africa, so I am so excited to see my first total solar eclipse right here where I live. Those who have seen a total eclipse say a partial eclipse does not even compare. I have been looking forward to this for years!" BSAS is a group of amateurs who partner with Metro Parks to host monthly free public star parties.
City planning for this event are still in discussion. However, Mayor Barry’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, surrounding county schools, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, the Tennessee Department of Tourism, officials from surrounding cities and counties are all involved in meetings hosted by the Adventure Science Center to discuss and plan for the 2017 event.
Metro Parks manages Nature Centers at Warner, Shelby Bottoms, Beaman, and Bells Bend Parks. Nature Centers are open year-round and offer programs, special events, field trips, natural history information and literature, maps and naturalists to answer your questions.