2017 Solar Eclipse will be historic Rhea County Event

The 2017 Eclipse date is just over the horizon and this eclipse is generating more buzz than I can ever remember. Spring City is in the totality path and has festival beginning August 19th. Lot of interesting facts about the eclipse.(Photo:Commons)

Lots of Excitement in Spring City and all across the United States

July 20, 2017

Spring City, TN —  The 2017 Solar Eclipse will be a historic event for Rhea County and for Spring City, Tennessee on August 21, 2017.  The totality line runs right through Spring City and the town is throwing a festival the weekend before to celebrate this historic event.  The Solar Eclipse totality(fully obscured) will occur at 2:31 pm on a Monday afternoon and will last 2 minutes and 21 seconds.  The Rhea County and Spring City Libraries are having special events centered around the Eclipse.  To safely view the Sun, you will need glasses for viewing and photographing.

The Eclipse, which will been seen from near Salem, Oregon across the United Stated to near Charleston, South Carolina is a special event.  The Sun will be partially obscured, beginning at 9:05 am pst and be fully obscured at 10:18 am, pst and around Charleston, South Caroline the partially obscuring of sun will begin around 1:16 pm and be in totality at 2:47 pm.

The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC, which is 1:20 pm local time. There, totality will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  The cone of the eclipse will be around 70 miles wide.   Further, the last coast-to-coast eclipse was in 1918, nearly a century ago.   The next total solar eclipse in Tennessee will be in year 2566 and last one occurred in 1478(before Columbus reached America).  Carbondale, Illinois will actually be in the totality cone for the next Solar Eclipse in 2024, which will begin in Mexico and end in New Brunswick, Canada.

This Solar Eclipse is generating buzz all across the United States and also will generate lots of income and expense across the nation.  Hotel rates have soared, if you can get one and many of the towns and cities across the path are expected to swell to staggering numbers.  The town of Driggs, Idaho, population 1,600 is expecting over 100,000 visitors for the Eclipse.  It will be interesting to see how many people will fit into the 70 mile wide cone of the Eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Local Libraries will celebrate the Eclipse.

The Clyde W. Roddy Library in Dayton is giving out Solar Eclipse viewing glasses and will provide glasses for those who come to the Library on August 21st for the viewing of the Eclipse at 2:31 pm in Centennial Park.  Those who come to view will walk over to Centennial Park at 1:30 pm.  The Clyde W. Roddy Library is located at 371 first avenue in downtown Dayton.  For more information call 423-775-8406.

The Audrey Peck Memorial Library will be celebrating the Solar Jam at the library event. Join them for ice cream, crafts, games, and more, beginning at 10:30 am on August 21st. The library is located at 145 West Rhea Avenue in Spring City.  For more information call https://www.facebook.com/audreypacklibrary/photos/gm.  423-365-9757.

City of Spring City will hold festival preceding the Eclipse.

The town of Spring City has a facebook page with lots of information about the festival that will precede the festival.

Spring City Solar Eclipse 2017

The Town of Spring City will be hosting a festival at Veteran’s Park on August 19th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, to include children’s activities, food, craft, and other types of vendors and many other activities.

Here is lineup of concert being held at Spring City Nature Park on August 19th.

Mt. Leconte Jug Band 2:00 PM
Barron Wilson 3:30 PM
Kinslee Melhorn 4:45 PM
Johno Clayton 6:00 PM
The Fairview Union 7:30 PM

There are lots of interesting facts about Solar Eclipses.

Longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century. Totality lasted for 6 mins and 39 secs.

The first photograph of the Sun’s corona was taken by a Prussian photographer called Berkowski in 1851.

According to the Greek historian Herodotus, a solar eclipse in 585 BCE stopped the war between the Lydians and the Medes, who saw the dark skies as a sign to make peace with each other.

Surviving records have shown that the Babylonians and the ancient Chinese were able to predict solar eclipses as early as 2500 BCE.

Check below for interactive map that show the path of the Solar Eclipse across the United States.

Interactive map of eclipse path.

The solar eclipse glasses are 1000 times darker than normal sunglasses and filter out 99.99% of visible life and allow safe viewing of the eclipse.



Amazon solar filter glasses search

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