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Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse. Photo copyright Ridwan Arifiandi, courtesy of NASA

Photo copyright Ridwan Arifiandi, courtesy of NASA

This photo shows the March 2016 solar eclipse as seen from South Tangerang, Indonesia. For the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, you can view it at Roane State’s main campus in Harriman.

Join us for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!

Roane State’s main campus in Harriman will be a great spot to view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime event!

When and where

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 11 a.m., Roane State’s main campus in Harriman.

What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and completely blocks sunlight. If you live in the lower 48 states, you may only have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse about once every 10 years, and seeing one usually involves traveling a few hundred miles to a good location.

Being able to see total solar eclipse in East Tennessee is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Why come to Roane State?

Map showing a ribbon across the United States where the eclipse will be visible. It passes across East Tennessee.

The eclipse will be visible, clouds permitting, from a thin ribbon stretching from northern California to South Carolina. The ribbon includes the communities of Harriman, Kingston, and Sweetwater. The total eclipse will last about two minutes in the Harriman area.

What to bring

Bring food, water, eclipse eye protection (not just sunglasses), sunscreen and a hat.


Eclipse Shades

According to NASA. “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. Eclipse viewers should meet ISO 12312-2 international standard.”

Please note that some eclipse glasses on the market have been recalled by either the manufacturer or the distributor. We encourage anyone to check the independent sources listed on the NASA site to determine whether their glasses meet the applicable standards.

Please read NASA’s safety information for eclipse viewing.

RSVP today

Please RSVP for Total Solar Eclipse 2017 at Roane State. The RSVP will help us in event planning. You will not receive a confirmation; the RSVP is not a reservation.


Roane State has limited camping facilities available. These include RV spots with full hook-ups (fee $20 per night) and tent sites with minimal facilities (free). Prior reservation is required. Please call Diane Cox at 865-882-4590 or email

Camp site hookups must be reserved and paid by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017. Anyone camping and not using a hookup must notify Diane by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

More resources

Additional viewing events are planned in the area. Please note that Roane State’s Observatory will not be open on the day of the eclipse.


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