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2017 Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

On Monday August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will pass over the entire continental United States. No matter where you are in the U.S., the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience at least a partial eclipse on this day.

Photo courtesy of NASA

The “path of totality” — the area where the moon completely blocks out the sun — is 70 miles wide, and unfortunately, Chattanooga is just outside this path. Eclipse chasers travel hundreds and thousands of miles to see a total solar eclipse because they are a rare astronomica phenomenon. Luckily, Chattanooga isn’t very far outside the path so making a small effort to travel north to get into the path of totality would be totally worth it for an unforgettable experience!

Photo courtesy of eclipse2017.org

For those who can’t travel to the path of totality and will remain in Chattanooga for the eclipse, will still get to experience a 99% partial eclipse. Here’s some information on what to expect and where to view the solar eclipse in and around Chattanooga.

When to View the Eclipse and What to Expect:  

The moon’s shadow will begin to pass over the sun in Chattanooga around 1:00 p.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. with the peak of the eclipse occurring at 2:32 p.m.  Find out what you’ll see and what time you’ll see it based on your zip code here. During an eclipse, the sky will darken like nightfall, and the temperature will drop rapidly.  Bright stars and planets may be visible.

Eye protection in the form of specialized solar eclipse glasses MUST be worn for safe viewing of the sun at all times during the eclipse. Looking at the sun directly, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage.

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Outdoor Chattanooga gave away all the free solar eclipse glasses that were ordered and will not be receiving any more. 

You can find approved solar eclipse viewing glasses at most major retail stores. 
NASA compiled a list of safety information for eclipse viewing, as well as a list of approved manufacturers of eclipse glasses, found here.

Places to View the Partial Eclipse in Chattanooga:
*Any open space with unobstructed view of the sky is sufficient to view the solar eclipse with approved solar viewing eye protection. 
Recommended City of Chattanooga Parks to view the eclipse.
NORTH CHATTANOOGA 
Greenway Farm – 4931 Gann Store Rd., Hixson, TN 37343
EAST CHATTANOOGA 
Montague Park – 1900 Polk St., Chattanooga, TN 37408
FAR EAST CHATTANOOGA 
Heritage Park – 1428 Jenkins Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
SOUTH CHATTANOOGA 
Milliken Park – 100 W 45th St, Chattanooga, TN 37410
DOWNTOWN 
Walnut Street Bridge and Coolidge Park – 150 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405
City of Chattanooga Parks Locator Map for more park options near you.

Hamilton County Parks located within the eclipse “Path of Totality”.  
All have limited parking available. 
Mowbray County Park 
1709 Mowbray Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
Bakewell County Park 
14115 Mount Tabor Rd., Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
North Hamilton County Park 
13934 Back Valley Rd., Sale Creek TN 37379
Meadowview County Park 
11201 Meadowview Rd., Georgetown, TN 37336
Find more information about these County Parks.

Photo courtesy of NASA

For those viewing the eclipse within the path of totality, it is only safe to remove eye protection while the moon is 100% blocking the sun. Please do your research to assure you are located within that zone and the time that it will occur BEFORE removing eye protection.

Other Eclipse Events Happening in our Region
The Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association compiled a list of cities and events for the total solar eclipse in Southeast Tennessee.
18 of Tennessee’s State Parks fall within the path of totality. Check out their website for a “Total Eclipse in The Park” Experience! 
Search local and national Solar Eclipse Events

Additional Information, Guides & More!  
FREE NASA app  
Tennessee Eclipse Map 
Solar eclipse glasses information

Safety Tips:  
Eye safety and protection is the single most important factor to consider in viewing a solar eclipse.  NEVER ever look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse.  Looking directly at the sun can cause severe damage to your sight, or even blindness.  If you remain in Chattanooga to view the partial eclipse, it is NEVER safe to remove your approved solar viewing glasses. Find alternative ways to view a solar eclipse.

Sunglasses DO NOT provide enough protection to your eyes to look directly at the sun during the partial eclipse. You MUST use certified eclipse glasses to safely look at the sun.  Other items that DO NOT provide safe viewing include: binoculars, cameras without special eclipse filters, telescopes without special eclipse filters, camera film, smoked glass, mylar balloons, food wrappers, X-ray film, CDs. Please do your own research to ensure you stay safe during this event.

Outdoor Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga wishes everyone a safe and fun eclipse! 
Are you planning to see the eclipse?  Please share your experience with us on social media!  Use #2017eclipse, #nationaleclipse and #eclipseCHA and tag us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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