On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will sweep across the United States from approximately noon until 3:00 PM (Central Time). The eclipse will reach totality at roughly 1:26 PM (CT) in Tennessee. The exact timing and duration of totality depends on your location within the state. This is the first total solar eclipse to affect the continental U.S. since 1979. Metro Nashville Public Schools will be out of school on August 21, so bring your school-aged kids with you!
12:30 — Quick presentation on solar eclipses and safety by our own Astrophysicist Natasha McMann in the Fellowship Hall - this will last 20 minutes and is family-friendly.
1:00 — Start heading out on the lawn.
1:15 — Put on sunglasses (provided) and watch! (You must wear sunglasses to view the solar eclipse and we will provide 200 NASA-approved Sunglasses so first come, first serve.)
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*Bring your blankets or lawn chairs!
Natasha McMann, Belle Meade UMC member, is currently in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-PhD Bridge Program. She is working on her Master's in physics from Fisk and hopes to bridge over to the Astrophysics PhD program at Vanderbilt. Her research interests includes using Pulsar Timing Arrays to detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole binary mergers. She is 2016 graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Physics and a minor in Astronomy. She also earned a BA is Social Science with a minor in Literature from Bluefield State College in 2008.