America will soon experience its first total solar eclipse in 38 years. On August 21, the moon will obscure the sun momentarily over locations across the United States. This “path of totality” will include five southern states.
SuperNova South has the details on the best places to see the total solar eclipse in the region. From Kentucky to South Carolina, here are stellar spots for the celestial event of the century.
The Bluegrass State will see the lunar shadow cross over southwestern Kentucky between 1:22 and 1:30 p.m. CST.
Also known as “Eclipseville,” Hopkinsville is expected to showcase the “point of greatest eclipse” – when the moon’s dark shadow will pass closest to the Earth’s center.
Nearly 45 seconds of complete darkness will cover Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Monday afternoon. See where to go for viewing parties and eclipse events.
The Volunteer State will experience the solar eclipse across two time zones. The path of totality will enter the state at 1:25 p.m. CST and cross over state lines at 2:38 p.m. EST.
Nashville is the only major city in Tennessee expected to be near the path of totality. There will be viewing parties from rooftop bars and kid-friendly spots as darkness reaches the Music City at 1:27 p.m. CST.
You can’t pass up the opportunity to see the eclipse from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Head to activities at Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, or Clingman’s Dome – the highest point in the park.
The path of totality will reach 43.6 miles in the very western corner of the state of North Carolina. Partial eclipses will be viewable from Asheville and Brevard.
If determined to see a total solar eclipse in North Carolina, then Franklin is your best bet. This small town will see the eclipse at 2:34 p.m. EST.
Only the very northeastern corner of Georgia is located within the path of totality. People in major cities, like Atlanta, will be able to see a partial eclipse.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clayton will experience over two minutes of totality. The area is expected to have a 75 viewable percentage.
The Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, will host a solar eclipse festival from 1-3:00 p.m. Events, including guided kayak tours, will offer eclipse activities for everyone.
The path of totality will exit the continental United States in South Carolina. Opportunities to watch the eclipse in the Palmetto State will happen after 2:30 p.m. EST.
Greenville, South Carolina, is hosting several eclipse events throughout the day. See total darkness at 2:38 p.m. EST.
Columbia, South Carolina, is the largest city in the line of totality. Be enveloped in darkness from events across the city, including the Columbia Motor Speedway, at 2:43 p.m. EST.
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