Solar Eclipse 2017 in Nashville: The Moon’s Shadow in Music City

The Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee is hosting an event for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

Hey there, space fans! It’s almost time for the Great American Solar Eclipse, and if you’re not in the path of totality yet, I highly recommend you get there. But just in case you can’t get there, Space.com has you covered. I’ll be blogging about the eclipse here from the Music City Total Solar Eclipse Festival in Nashville, Tennessee — the largest city in the path of totality, where skywatchers will experience almost 2 minutes of darkness.

Other members of the Space.com team are blogging from Carbondale, Illinois and Rexburg, Idaho. You can also watch the eclipse live online here.

Check in below for live updates from the Music City!

Nashville’s iconic "Batman building" (the AT&T building downtown) towers behind the welcome banner at the Adventure Science Center.

Sunday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 p.m. CT

Today I drove from my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee to Nashville, completing the final leg of my journey from Brooklyn, New York to see my first solar eclipse. To my surprise, traffic wasn’t any worse than usual on I-40. Nashville is expected to experience some of the worst traffic in the country because of this solar eclipse, but none of that anticipated traffic was apparent today. And while weather forecasts last week predicted a 40 percent chance of rain in Nashville during the eclipse, but now it looks like we’ll have clear skies!

This morning before I left Knoxville, I took my solar eclipse glasses out for a test run in my parents’ backyard in Knoxville. I didn’t expect the paper glasses to fit nicely over my regular glasses, but they fit just fine. Hooray! I spotted some faint sunspots, which was pretty cool.

After I made it to Nashville, I scoped out the Adventure Science Center and made a pit stop at Krispy Kreme to try out their limited-edition, eclipse-themed donuts. To celebrate the total solar eclipse, Krispy Kreme has a new chocolate-glazed donut that you won’t be able to buy anymore after Monday, Aug. 21. Now I must admit that I’ve never been to Krispy Kreme, but these eclipse donuts drew me in. I fell for the hype.

Unfortunately, it didn’t really look like a solar eclipse, and it could hardly even pass for adonut. Thankfully, the actual solar ecipse should be far more impressive!

Email Hanneke Weitering at hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.

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How To Keep Up With The Latest Nashville News

With how busy life is these days, it seems like there is never enough time to catch up on the news. Gone are the days when you could casually spend time reading the newspaper in the morning before work or watching the evening news after you got home after a long day.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up with current events. There are a lot of different ways that you can track the latest Nashville news that don’t require a ton of time or effort.

One of the best ways is by installing a news app on your phone. A lot of the local newspapers and TV stations have apps available that you can use to track the latest headlines. This can be a convenient option since it allows you to check the news at a glance anytime you have a few minutes to spare.

Another option is to follow your favorite news outlets on social media. Sites like Facebook and Twitter have made it quick and easy to see what is happening right now. All that you have to do is check your timeline to see what news stories are being posted. Again, this is convenient since you can access your social media accounts through a computer or through a mobile device.

These are a couple of the most convenient ways to keep up with the latest Nashville news. Technology has definitely changed the way that most people get their news. These days, instead of subscribing to newspapers or watching the news on TV, the vast majority of people get their news online. The most convenient way to do this is by using news apps or by following local media outlets on some of the larger social media sites.

Nashville mayor opens up after son’s overdose: ‘We can never replace our child’

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, whose son died of an apparent overdose in July, opened up about his death for the first time today in an emotional news conference, hoping to use the tragedy to raise awareness to the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S.

"I don’t want to let his death define his life, but we have to have a frank conversation about how he died," she said about her son, 22-year-old Max Barry. She referred to his past struggles with drugs and his treatment in a rehab program last summer.

In late July, after he died, Barry asked for privacy as she and her husband face life "without his laughter and love."

Today, she addressed the issue directly, using her platform to speak out about drug abuse in broader terms. Though she said her son’s autopsy was not yet complete, she referred to the nationwide opioid crisis.

"I don’t know what combination killed my son," she said, "but drugs did it."

A record breaking 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015, according to a report by the Associated Press, a number that they reported is expected to rise as come data is compiled.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department will send 12 federal prosecutors to cities battling addiction in an effort to crack down on the health care fraud and opioid scams that they believe are fueling the epidemic.

Barry, through her son’s death and platform as a public figure, helped to put a human face on the crisis.

"Our hearts will always be sad and empty because we can never replace our child," Barry said.

She said that police came to her home at 3 a.m. to inform her about her son’s death and that she initially thought that an officer died in the line of duty before they told her the news.

"If you see something, have a frank conversation yourself," she said, advising parents who might be in a similar situation on how to tackle the problem.

ABC News’ Jason Volack contributed to this report.

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