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2017 Solar Eclipse Information for Students and Parents

On August 21, 2017, Claiborne County will be lucky to be in the path of a solar eclipse. Parts of our school district will experience a total solar eclipse and other parts of the district will experience a significant partial eclipse. The process will begin a few minutes before 1:00 p.m. and will not be totally finished until approximately 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting; Claiborne County students will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On this page and the pages that are linked to it, you will find a wealth of information to help make the event fun and exciting while providing lots of great information for all ages.

How does a solar eclipse happen?
A total solar eclipse happens when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned in the perfect position for the moon to block the sun and the shadow to fall across the surface of the Earth. Although total solar eclipses happen somewhere on the Earth every year and a half, it is often a once-in-a-lifetime event for the total solar eclipse to cross any particular place, such as Claiborne County.

What path will the eclipse take in Claiborne County?
The following maps show the path of the eclipse. Areas within the gray band will experience a total solar eclipse. Areas outside of the gray band will experience partial eclipse, but since we are so close to the total eclipse area, all of our students should be able to see a significant darkening of the sun during those hours.
CAUTION: Never look directly at a solar eclipse because doing so can cause serious eye damage.

The eclipse path through the United States:

The path through Tennessee:

These maps and more can be found at

Click here to access a website for more maps of the eclipse path.

So, what will the eclipse look like?


25 Facts You Should Know about the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse
Astronomy Magazine Online

NASA’s Main Site for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipses for Beginners

Astronomy for Kids

Eclipse Viewing Safety