Total Solar Eclipse

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Madisonville, Fort Loudoun and Tellico Plains

August 21, 2017:


Picnic in the Park – more information coming soon.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park:

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

For approximately two and a half minutes, the longest for any East TN State Park, Fort Loudoun will experience a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided. Come learn the 18th century beliefs in solar eclipse and the history of the park. Registration is not required but encouraged to make sure there are enough glasses available. You can register at: – search for Fort Loudoun State Historic Area. Check back for updates for this event.

Sweetwater, TN
August 21st

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Join us in Sweetwater, TN for the BEST VIEW of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! Sweetwater, located just off Interstate 75, is in a PRIME LOCATION for viewing! Smack in the middle of the path of totality, come join us for this once in a lifetime experience and enjoy 2 minutes and 37 seconds of totality! Many hotels, campsites, and restaurants are located just minutes from our downtown area. There will be vendors and entertainment, we will be showing space-themed movies, learn to moonwalk with Salt & Light Studios, you can buy souvenirs, enjoy a delicious Chattanooga Moon Pie and LOTS more, so stay tuned for the latest information on the event, parking/shuttle info, and more! Please be sure to bring protective eye wear or buy special eclipse glasses through a pre-order here (coming soon) or at the event (quantities limited).

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Tellico Plains:  Standing in the Shadow of the Moon

All events will take place at the Charles Hall Museum and Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in the fields behind. Click here for more detailed information->

Saturday, August 19, 2017 
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Starry Night in Tellico Plains: The Milky Way Star Party, hosted by CHM and Smoky Mountain Astronomy Club.
Live music, snacks, brochures and handouts. Bring lawn chair, drinks, binoculars. Smoky Mountain Astronomy Club members will man 12 Telescopes in the field.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
12:00 pm –  5:00 pm

DVD in meeting room, 1 presentation on Eclipses

Monday, August 21, 2017 
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Food and Live Music, McKee Promotions to DJ with Star themed music, Astronomers will describe what is happening in the skies before and after the Eclipse.