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20 Tennessee State Parks in or near solar eclipse's "path of totality"

20 state parks in Tennessee are in or near the "path of totality" for 2017's total solar eclipse. (NASA/MGN)

Tennessee State Parks said 20 locations are in the "path of totality" for viewing of the highly anticipated total solar eclipse.

On August 21, 2017, Tennessee and Kentucky will be among the states with the best view of the solar event. According to Space.com, it is the first time the path of a solar eclipse will go coast-to-coast since 1918.

The "path of totality" is where the moon will completely block out the view of the sun for a short period of time, according to Tennessee State Parks' website.

While not all states will see the total eclipse, most will see the moon block out at least 80% of the sun. Those not in the "path of totality" will experience a partial eclipse.

Park officials are encouraging early reservations for sky-gazers. The following parks are on or near the path of totality:

Bicentennial Capitol Mall

Bledsoe Creek

Burgess Falls

Cedars of Lebanon

Cumberland Mountain

Cummins Falls

Dunbar Cave

Edgar Evins

Fall Creek Falls

Fort Loudoun

Frozen Head

Henry Horton

Hiwassee-Ocoee

Long Hunter

Montgomery Bell

Paris Landing

Port Royal

Radnor Lake

Rock Island

Standing Stone

CLICK HERE for more information about each park and viewing time.

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