We’re just a couple of weeks from August 21st, 2017, and the solar eclipse that will be cross a wide portion of the United States. It’s been nearly forty years since the last eclipse visible in North America. This time around the path of the total eclipse will pass just to the west and south of Knoxville. To get to the totality, you’ll need to drive a short distance before you look up. If you can’t make it out of town, you’ll still be treated to quite a show.
Here’s what you need to know before you set your eyes on the skies.
Find a Wide Open Spot
Obviously the eclipse will appear high in the early afternoon sky. Areas with little tree cover will offer the best opportunities for viewing. That might mean a trip to one of Knoxville’s many parks that offer wide open field space. Since many of Knoxville’s neighborhoods boast full, mature tree coverage, getting out of your neighborhood could be your best option.
When to View
The eclipse will begin in Knoxville just after 1 p.m., with the moon beginning to take a small bite out of the sun. This little chunk will grow larger and larger until the maximum eclipse (very nearly total in Knoxville) at 2:34 p.m. By 4:00 p.m. the eclipse will be over, with the moon sliding away from the sun again. From around 2:00 to around 3:00, Knoxville will pretty well be in the dark!
Protect Your Eyes
Although the sky will appear quite dark and most of the sun will be covered, you should still view the eclipse through filtered lenses. Even the tiniest sliver of the sun can damage unprotected eyes. Everyday sunglasses won’t be enough, either. Either grab a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses (use only NASA-approved glasses) or build a box that will allow you to chart the eclipse’s progress without turning your eyes skyward.
A Long Time Until the Next One
If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait nearly 30 years for another impressive eclipse to pass over Knoxville. Start planning now to be in the home with the ideal view of the sky. Wood Realtors can help with that!
Happy eclipse viewing, everyone!