Have you heard the news? If not, you’re about to hear it here – the Smoky Mountains are going to be able to see a partial solar eclipse as it comes over head on August 21st, 2017.
From the National Park Service:
“The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee.”
“Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.
Furthermore, our educational partner, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is planning a special multi-day Science Camp for high school aged students over the eclipse weekend and event.”
You can see more information from the National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm.
Man, that’s going to be an awesome way to end the Summer here in the Smokies! Just be sure not to look directly at the sun as it can heavily damage your eyes. The eclipse will be in view from 1:00PM to roughly 4:00PM that day.
You can also make your own viewing device with it using instructions found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21.
Come out to the Smokies and get an awesome, high-elevation look at the August eclipse!