Countdown to the Total Solar Eclipse

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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).

TENNESSEE

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

GEORGIA

Blue Ridge 2:35 p.m. ET, :19 long

McCaysville 2:34 p.m. ET, 1:33 long

NORTH CAROLINA

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

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