Adler Planetarium Offering Free Admission for August 21 Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse of Aug. 21 is the first to cross the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. About 12.2 million people live in the path of totality and millions more are expected to travel into it to view the rare event

The solar eclipse of Aug. 21 is the first to cross the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. About 12.2 million people live in the path of totality and millions more are expected to travel into it to view the rare event

"During our eighth-grade astronomy unit, for as long as I can remember, we have been teaching about eclipses and the relative positions of the sun, earth and moon during these events", Idema said. Kentucky 4-H is taking this rare opportunity to host a Solar Eclipse Camp there so young people can not only view the historical event but learn the science behind it.

It'll be the first time since a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States, and the first time in almost 500 years Nashville is in the direct path.

The path of the eclipse: NASA offers maps, other data and, on August 21, live streams of the eclipse. The game begins at 4:05 p.m. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire United States was in 1918. The totality will then continue through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, before ending in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. local time.

NASA recommends using proper protective eyewear, including ISO approved eclipse glasses or handheld solar filters, to view any partial eclipse.

Littman will be leading a group to view the eclipse in Wyoming, where he believes they'll have the best chance of getting clear weather.

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