Countdown to the Total Solar Eclipse
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – August 21st is the big day for a rare astronomical event in our area.
A total solar eclipse passes just north and east of Chattanooga during the early afternoon.
The eclipse happens when the moon moves in front of the sun, briefly blocking it out.
Chattanooga, Marion County and northwest Georgia will get the near-total eclipse.
But a 70 mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina gets the full show.
And it passes right through the Tennessee Valley (Eclipse begins around 1:03 PM EST)
Chattanooga will see a 99.5% totality, Gatlinburg and Knoxville 99.9%.
Here is our list of towns in our area that will get the full affect, the time it will happen, and how long the “total” blackout will last (in minutes & seconds). Spring City & Niota will have the longest total eclipse in oura area (by 1 second).
Athens: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:35 long
Benton: 2:33 p.m. ET, 1:51 long
Calhoun: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:09 long
Charleston: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:04 long
Cleveland: 2:33 p.m. ET, 1:02 long
Copperhill: 2:34 p.m. ET, 1:34 long
Dayton: 2:31 p.m. ET, 2:21 long
Decatur: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:34 long
Delano: 2:33 p.m. ET, 2:19 long
Dunlap: 1:32 p.m. CT, :39 long
Englewood: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:37 long
Etowah: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:38 long
Grandview: 2:31 p.m. ET, 2:38 long
Graysville: 2:31 p.m. ET, 2:08 long
Niota: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:39 long
Ocoee / Polk County: 2:33 p.m. ET, 1:25 long
Pikeville: 1:31 p.m. CT, 2:25 long
Riceville: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:26 long
Sale Creek: 2:31 p.m. ET, 1:50 long
Spring City: 2:31 p.m. ET, 2:39 long
Ten Mile: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:38 long
Monroe County: 2:32 p.m. ET, 2:37 in Sweetwater
Blue Ridge 2:35 p.m. ET, :19 long
McCaysville 2:34 p.m. ET, 1:33 long
Andrews 2:34 p.m. ET, 2:38 long,
Murphy 2:34 p.m. ET, 2:28 long
Robbinsville 2:34 p.m., 2:35 long