How to make the Best of the Upcoming Solar Eclipse in Middle Tennessee

How to enjot the Solar Eclipse in Middle Tennessee.

Did you know that Middle Tennessee is in the direct viewing path of a total solar eclipse this year on August 21? The last time there was a total solar eclipse in North America was in 1979, and the last time one had a coast to coast path was 1918.  This Solar eclipse is going to be a big deal!

A little background information first.  A solar eclipse becomes visible on earth, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.  The moon blocks out the light that normally reaches the surface of the earth creating the solar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse 2017

How to See the Solar Eclipse in Tennessee

The best viewing areas, for Tennessee,  will be in Middle Tennessee.  Stretching from Clarksville, through Nashville, Lebanon, and Murfreesboro heading southeast through the state. Many of these cities will be hosting special events. Nashville, Clarksville, Lebanon, and Murfreesboro City Parks will all have great viewing areas.
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How to Safely View

First thing, DO NOT try to view a partial solar eclipse or partial or annular phases of a total eclipse with the naked eye. The only time it is considered safe to view an eclipse without eye protection is during the brief moment of totality when the moon completely blocks the sun. Viewing a solar eclipse without proper eye protection may result in permanent eye damage or blindness.  For more information about safe viewing check out NASA or AAS’s websites.

The cheapest way to see the effects of a solar eclipse safely is a pinhole viewer. These can be made at home from simple supplies you likely already have: cardboard, duct tape, aluminum foil, and white paper.

Another inexpensive method is to purchase glasses designed specifically for viewing solar eclipses.  If you decide to do this make certain that the glasses meet the safety requirements for viewing the sun directly.

If you are looking for something a little more robust, they also make Plastic Eclipse Glasses with a wrap around frame.  These fit a little closer to your face, and may provide a little more protection from accidental exposure to the direct sunlight.

Solar Eclipse Events

Solar Eclipse Middle Tennessee 2017

Adventure Science Center

The Adventure Science Center will be hosting Music City Solar Eclipse.  Visit the Special Events section of their website for more details.

Stones River National Battlefield

On their Facebook Page, Stones River National Battlefield said they will be holding a viewing event.  Details are not available yet, but follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.  This will be a great place to view the eclipse from.

Tennessee State Parks

There are a number of State parks in the Path of totality, and many Tennessee State Parks will be hosting events for this amazing event.


More events to be added as they are announced!!!

Next Shot

If for some reason you can’t see this eclipse, the next one in America will be April 8, 2024.  Unfortunately, the Path of Totality will not pass through Tennessee.  You will have to travel to see it. The next one that actually passes over Nashville will be around 500 years from now, so don’t wait around on that.

17 Comment

  1. wow, your photos make this look incredible…i ‘ve never seen a solar eclipse before. these are some great tips, thanks!

  2. Interesting info! Thanks for the tips

  3. Nice post! I saw a solar eclipse once here in Ireland and it was amazing!! I had no protection for my eyes, so I had to not look it for so long and not directly. I wish I had these special glasses so I could enjoy it even more. Definitely a moment to save for a lifetime!

    1. You shouldn’t have looked at all without eye protection. You’re lucky you didn’t do permanent damage to your eyes.

  4. I haven’t witness a solar eclipse for a long time now, I will mark it on my calendar. Thanks for the info.

  5. Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) says: Reply

    I love solar eclipses! I didn’t realize Tennessee was such a good place for viewing. I have never been there but hope to someday soon! 🙂

  6. This is a really fantastic post. What a great idea and so wonderfully detailed, too. Even though I’m not in Tennessee (love it there, though) there’s some great tips here that can be applied to other areas, too.

  7. This is such a practical guide! I would love to see a solar eclipse

  8. “First thing, DO NOT try to view a partial or solar eclipse with the naked eye. Viewing a solar or partial eclipse may result in permanent eye damage or blindness.”

    This is a confusing paragraph. A partial eclipse *is* a solar eclipse. To be clear, here’s what you need to know about safely viewing a solar eclipse: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes.

    1. Thanks for your feedback. We certainly enjoy having others weigh in. We have updated our post for clarity. We definitely don’t any confusion about how to view safely 🙂

  9. So much great information here! My family is actually traveling to see the eclipse better so I will be pinning this for reference, thank you!

    1. That will be a fun trip! Are you going to Tennessee or one of the other states in the path?

  10. Neat! I wish I lived in that area to see the solar eclipse for myself!

  11. I’m so jealous! We may not be able to see the solar eclipse when it comes due to where we will be. Also, my husband is in school to become an eye doctor and he approves of your safety tips ;).

    1. I can not wait for it to get here! Just got to take care my eyes 🙂

  12. Awesome.. This an amazing post. I loved how you are inviting people to Tennessee to witness solar eclipse. I haven’t experienced one my self, but your post and lovely pictures surely makes me want to. Thanks for the share.

  13. I’m a little confused by the comment that there hasn’t been a solar eclipse since 1979. I recall watching one in Iowa when I was in middle school. It was certainly in the middle 1990’s at that time. Of course, perhaps it was just a partial eclipse or something. But, it I have very clear memories of viewing it through a pinhole in a piece of paper. This was to protect our eyes of course. Anyway, what a great event to look forward to in Tennessee and wherever else it might be view-able.

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