Aug 15 2017
07:59 am

What: A total solar eclipse is coming soon?
When: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Across the United States

Have you heard?

The eclipse path enters the Knox/Blount/Anderson/Roane/etc. areas around 2:30PM, Monday, August 21, 2017. Depending on where you are located the total solar eclipse could be seen for seconds to minutes.

NASA has a Total Eclipse website. Local media has quite of bit of information as well, although the KNS may require a subscription to see the information.

Be careful when purchasing eclipse glasses. Some of them aren't real and will not protect you. Some of the glasses were recalled, including some from Amazon. According to the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, SC, a local PTA bought a bunch from Amazon and sold them for a fundraiser only to have them recalled. I also saw a small college purchased thousands of eclipse glasses to find out they could not be used. Who knows, by the time of the eclipse the ones we ordered might be recalled.

Here is a guide from NASA on how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely.

I'm still a little confused as to why they let many of the local schools out for the eclipse. I understand the eclipse will pass through here around the time for school to be let out. However, how many of these kids will be unsupervised since school is closed for eclipse day. All parents can't get off work to be with their kids.

The Oak Ridge schools will not close. Of course, that is an community of scientists and engineers.

"NOAA will be setting up equipment and experiments for the kids to track everything from wind speed to solar radiation. Classrooms right now are coming up with hypotheses on what will change during the eclipse. Art lessons will even be tailored to the solar event."

R. Neal's picture

I don't understand all the

I don't understand all the "where to view" articles. To be honest, I haven't read any of them. But, if you are in the path can't you just step outside and view it from your yard, the parking lot, or wherever? Pretty sure the Sun is visible just about everywhere. Or is it a social/party thing?

Treehouse's picture


If there are clouds or you are only in the "partial" area, you will really miss out on the effect of totality which is said to be an unforgettable experience. Some are also worried about traffic but I think the locals will still be able to get around pretty well (knowing back roads if necessary).

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Knox County Schools elected to close after a number of parents approached administration protesting that they'd planned trips years in advance to view the solar eclipse (presumably from somewhere other than Knoxville).

Yes, administrators also had some concern about traffic relating to people trying to view the eclipse at some area event. However, since elementary dismissal time isn't until 2:45 p.m., I'd have thought people on the road to make some area viewing event would have arrived at their destinations much earlier than that?

Personally, I supported keeping schools open and planning eclipse-related events in school, so that all students (including those whose parents couldn't get off work for the event) might get to do something really special that day. Of course, I'd hope those families who had planned trips way in advance could wrangle excused absences, too.

I sent Superintendent Thomas an email to this effect, actually, but got back just a "thank you for your interest" response from Clifford Davis, then the news that schools would close.

I expect an awful lot of "latch key" kids will be sitting at home alone that afternoon, just like every other afternoon, and may or may not even tune in the TV to some eclipse-related programming...

mjw's picture

Dismissal and traffic

If you consider that totality will be finishing up less than 10 minutes before elementary schools let out and many observers will start heading home over the next hour or so (some right away and others a bit later), traffic will be very heavy starting around the elementary school dismissal and right on thru middle and high school. Since only a small portion of south west Knox County is in the totality area, there will be loads of folks coming back to or thru Knox County from Blount, Loudon and Anderson Counties and points south and west.

I do feel for the latch key kids, but I'm also not sure that trying to provide a safe eclipse viewing environment at the same time you are trying to hustle kids onto buses and into cars is the best idea for schools to be attempting.

bizgrrl's picture

They could have held school

They could have held school an extra hour or more. I would suspect there are more "latch key" kids than there are kids with parents taking off of work to go to an eclipse site.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


They would have needed to hold school over longer than an hour, actually, as the same buses that run elementary school kids home at 2:45 then go pick up the middle school/high school kids at 3:30 (in my community, anyway).

I thought they could hold school until around 6:00, just for this event, so that parents could then pick up their kids at the same hour would at a daycare center? Back when my kids were that age, I chaired the Accelerated Reader after school program for years, which ran until 5:00 twice-weekly (I hated that dismissal time, since the kids of most working parents still couldn't participate, grrr) and the school always found the extended contract $$$ to pay a couple of teachers to assist, as well?

All of this a moot point now, of course. I had just hoped schools could lead the way in making such a rare occasion a really special one for the kids.

R. Neal's picture


Interactive map


Drop a marker to see the exact start/stop times.

fischbobber's picture

Interactive map

This is a great resource. Thank you.

jbr's picture

You can type in your address

You can type in your address here and see your proximity ...


bizgrrl's picture

As Carl Sagan observed: “We

As Carl Sagan observed:

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

H/T digby

R. Neal's picture

There's an app for

There's an app for that:


The Smithsonian and Big Kid Science apps are my favorites. The Eclipse Safari app is nice, too, and similar to the Smithsonian app.

bizgrrl's picture

From the Maryville Daily

From the Maryville Daily Times:

Listen to the sounds of the eclipse. The animal world, especially birds and insects, will react dramatically as the rays of the afternoon sun fade into “sunset”. Minutes later they will react again to the “sunrise”, or the increase in the sun’s rays. Birds, especially watch small songbirds, will change to their evening songs, go silent and stop flying, and moments later begin their morning songs. Many will actually go to roost. The natural world will get quiet and still. Daytime insects will cease their chatter. Honeybees will leave the flowers and head for their hives.

Bbeanster's picture

It got incredibly loud in my

It got incredibly loud in my yard.
The cicada chorus was in full cry.

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