Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 | ~11:58 a.m. to 2:54 p.m.
A rare total solar eclipse will sweep across the nation on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, giving Nashville the sight of a lifetime. The last total solar eclipse to hit the U.S. was back in 1991 in Hawaii – one hasn’t hit the mainland since 1979. In fact, the 2017 eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918! The evolution of the internet since those times will make this the largest astronomical event in U.S. history.
- Total Eclipse – July 7, 1442
- Total Eclipse – July 29, 1478
- Annular Eclipse – Dec. 25, 1628
- Annular Eclipse – Oct. 19, 1865
Nashville is uniquely situated for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse as the largest city wholly within the path of the total solar eclipse. At Adventure Science Center, there’s an expected timing of 1 minute and 55 seconds in totality.
Map created by Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com; pin added for location purposes.
- The last total eclipses visible in Nashville were on July 7, 1442, lasting 1 minute and 31 seconds, and on July 29, 1478, lasting 2 minutes and 31 seconds, where the partial phase was in progress at sunrise.
- The last annular eclipses visible in Nashville were on Dec. 25, 1628, right at sunrise, and on Oct. 19, 1865.
- The next annular eclipses Nashville can anticipate seeing are on March 26, 2267, when the sun will rise at 5:45 a.m. with the eclipse underway, and on the morning of March 27, 2294.
- The next total eclipse Nashville can anticipate seeing is on Aug. 16, 2566, with 2 minutes and 15 seconds of totality.