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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