Clarksville Regional Airport invites public, pilots to Total Solar Eclipse viewing

Clarksville Regional Airport hosting Total Solar Eclipse viewing. (CRA, WZTV)

Clarksville Regional Airport is inviting the public and pilots to a special free event to watch the historic total solar eclipse this summer.

Sky-gazers can look to the stars at 1:25 p.m. CST on August 21 to see the moon pass completely in front of the sun, causing a shadow to be cast across the earth. The sky will appear dark during this time and visible light during the totality is the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona.

The airport will see about 2 minutes and 18 seconds of totality, which is among the longest is the nation. This solar eclipse is the first to cut a path from coast-to-coast in 99 years.

The airport will offer an unobstructed view of the eclipse. People should arrive at the airport at noon on Monday, August 21.

Viewers can bring:

  • Attendees should secure their own viewing glasses for the event, which are available for roughly $1 each on many websites.
  • Attendees are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and pop-up tents or similar items for shade. Pop-up tents must be staked into ground to prevent the wind from blowing them away.
  • Attendees are responsible for removing and disposing of any trash they create. Bring your own trash bags.

Parking will also be available.

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