One of the major cities visited by the eclipse is Nashville, Tennessee. Folks in Nashville will be singing about this eclipse for years to come as it is the largest city wholly within the path of totality.

Clarksville experiences 2 minutes and 19 seconds of totality. Gallatin gets 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness. While Nashville is not far from the southern limit of the path, it still receives a respectable 1 minute and 57 seconds. Lebanon gets 2 minutes and 37 seconds and Cookeville receives 2 minutes and 32 seconds.Oak Ridge and Knoxville are just outside the path of totality and people there would be urged to drive about 40 or 50 miles south or west. Madisonville is on deck for 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

The total solar eclipse first enters the state at 2:25 p.m. CDT and leaves the state at 3:36 p.m. EDT (there is a time zone change within Tennessee). Within the state, the Moon’s shadow rushes at about 1,800 miles per hour!

The weather forecast in August is fair. See for details. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate on eclipse day in Nashville and other parts, but the smart eclipse chaser will study the short-term weather forecast and drive to where clear skies are forecast.

Total solar eclipse over Tennessee on August 21, 2017 from Michael Zeiler on Vimeo.

Nature's greatest spectacle - a total eclipse of the Sun - visits the continental United States for the first time in 38 years on August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun and the breathtaking beauty of the Sun's atmosphere, it's corona, is displayed in the sky for the only time during our lives. Daytime instantly is plunged into a deep twilight and brighter stars and planets will be seen. This event is called the Great American Eclipse because so many tens of millions of Americans are within a one day drive of this celestial spectacular.

This video shows the Moon's shadow racing across the state at supersonic speeds. Everyone standing in the shadow during the times shown will experience the Moon completely obscuring the Sun and the sight of the Sun's corona in the darkened sky. The partial stages of the eclipse will last a bit over two hours and the total stage of the eclipse will last over 2 minutes if you are in the center of the path. You will remember a total eclipse for the rest of your life and won't regret the drive into the path of totality.

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