A total solar eclipse is on its way!

On August 21, Tennesseeans, including residents in Knox County, will have a rare opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse. This will be the first time in 38 years that a solar eclipse has crossed the continental United States.

NOTICE: There are no more glasses available from the library. All solar eclipse glasses have been reserved. For those who reserved glasses, your pair will be available for pick up at your designated library location from August 3–16. After August 16, they will be released to the general public. Please be sure to bring a print out of your reservation when you pick up your glasses. 

Update (August 12): Local 8 News will be handing out glasses (2 pair per vehicle) beginning August 15. WBIR reports that local stores that get a re-supply of glasses are selling out in a day; ordering online with fast delivery may still be an option.

Can't find glasses? Make your own pinhole viewer. 

About the 2017 solar eclipse

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National and local organizations around East Tennessee are gearing up, too. The Muse, University of Tennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are hosting events. NASA's Total Solar Eclipse 2017 page offers additional information and will host a live video stream of the eclipse on August 21. 

Check eclipse phase times at various locations.

At your library

  • Month-long displays at Lawson McGhee Library and Burlington Branch Library.
  • August 16, 11:00 at Carter Branch: Moon Storytime. Join us for stories and activities about the Solar Eclipse and the role the Moon plays. Make your own pinhole viewer.
  • August 21, 11:00 at Halls Branch: Celebrate All Things Celestial. Join us for a pre-eclipse party with stories, crafting, and moon pies!
  • August 21, 2:00 at Burlington Branch: Eclipse Viewing Party. If you can't make it to a location in the path of totality, join us in the park next to the library to view a partial solar eclipse. Ice cream and light refreshments will also be provided.