2017 Solar Eclipse

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21
The Hill, Ayres Hall
1–3:30 p.m.

One of the most amazing celestial sights will pass through East Tennessee on Monday, August 21.

A total solar eclipse—when the disk of the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible in the United States along a path from central Oregon through Tennessee and on to South Carolina.

In Tennessee, many points to the south and southwest of Knoxville will experience a total eclipse. Knoxville, however, will have only a 99.75 percent partial eclipse.

If you happen to be on the UT campus on Monday, August 21, please join us for a solar eclipse viewing party on the Hill in front of Ayres Hall. We will provide Moon Pies and free eclipse viewing glasses for the first 5,000 people. We will also have other snacks and will stream the NASA feed of the total eclipse. The party is open to students, faculty, and staff. It begins at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Earlier the same day, from 9 to 11 a.m., the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free solar eclipse community event. Participants can visit an activity table to learn about the eclipse and make a take-home craft. The event is open for all ages.

On Saturday, August 19, more than 100 invited guests will visit the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma as part of Sky and Telescope Magazine‘s Great American Eclipse Tour. Activities will include touring the campus and exploring UTSI’s solar observatory.

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