Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:45 AM


PBS science educator Janet Ivey will speak on "A Day in the Dark! Solar Eclipse 2017" Thursday evening in Oak Ridge. Her presentation is one of several programs preceding or coinciding with the Great American Eclipse. PBS science educator Janet Ivey will speak on... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. A 70-mile-wide swath of East Tennessee - from just north of Chattanooga to just south of Knoxville - will be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Some school systems - Hamilton County and Knox County among them - have canceled classes that Monday, so many families are expected to be looking for good places to study the darkening sky. Many places are hosting viewing parties or events for people to watch. Most are free. Some, including those at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Clingmans Dome and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, are sold out or full. The eclipse happens because the path of the moon crosses in front of the sun and briefly turns day into night. The eclipse will happen at about 2:30 p.m. EDT. Many locations are hosting events day of and in advance of Aug. 21. Here are some ...

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