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Nashville, parts of Middle Tennessee to see total solar eclipse in August

Parts of Middle Tennessee will be the perfect viewing areas for a total solar eclipse taking place Monday, August 21st this year. PHOTO: MGN

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Parts of Middle Tennessee will be the perfect viewing areas for a total solar eclipse taking place Monday, August 21st this year.

The partial eclipse will start just before noon before the moon completely blocks out the sun around 1:27 pm. Nashville will be among the areas with a front-row-seat to the eclipse. The moon will cast a shadow smaller than the Earth, meaning only those areas in the shadow will see the eclipse.

Nashville, Robertson County, Sumner County, and parts of Southern Kentucky will be in the path of the eclipse. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory's Outreach Astronomer Dr. Billy Teets advises getting a pair of "eclipse glasses" to view the eclipse instead of using a telescope. Those who choose to use a telescope will need the proper filters attached to avoid eye damage.


The eclipse event is expected to last several hours, ending by approximately 3pm.


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