Great Tennessee Eclipse - August 21, 2017

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a narrow path in the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, and right through the heart of Tennessee. A partial eclipse will also be visible in all areas of North America and in parts of South America. This total solar eclipse will be visible from the campus of MTSU for the first time over 500 years. The next total solar eclipse in Murfreesboro will be in the year 2566, so this truly is a “once-in-a-lifetime” eventCome to the campus of MTSU to experience the eclipse with astronomers, physicists, historians, and philosophers.

Campus Events 

spring 2017

Friday Star Parties - Download PDF

July 2017

Late July - Eclipse Workshops will be offered for local area teachers with helpful resources that will help get students excited about this historic event and the science involved.  Exact times are TBA. 

August 2017

Friday, August 4th (7:30pm) - Friday Star Party - "Preparing for the Eclipse"

Friday, August 11th (7:30pm) - Friday Star Party - "Eclipse Mania"



(Please note changes to MTSU scheduled event)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences are hosting a special viewing event on campus from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, for the Great Tennessee Eclipse.

The event, which will be in the yard in front of the new Science Building, will include a music stage featuring student bands from Match Records, the student label in the College of Media and Entertainment, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; self-guided tours of the three-building Science Corridor of Innovation; and various tents on the grounds with activities run by our faculty. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., the stage will feature a science show with professors prepping the crowd for the solar phenomenon. The totality will be at 1:29 p.m. and last about two minutes.

Protective eclipse-viewing glasses, provided by Turner Construction, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note:

  • This will be a free, outdoor event with no seating.
  • We are attempting to arrange for minimal options of food and beverages for purchase, but as of July 1, no firm plans for these services have been made.
  • On-campus visitor parking will available only at the Rutherford Boulevard lots, which will feature regular free bus shuttles to and from the Science Corridor of Innovation.

A detailed schedule for the event will be posted soon on this site!

NASA Solar Eclipse Tennessee PathThe Solar Eclipse will reach Middle Tennessee between 1:25pm CST and 2:35pm CST on August 21, 2017.  

Teacher Resources


  1. Do I need special glasses to view the eclipse?
    1. Yes, you do need special glasses.  A partial eclipse will be visible from 11:59 am – 2:55 pm CDT over all of Tennessee.   Glasses will be necessary during this entire period, except for one minute of totality at approximately 1:28pm CDT.
    2. Alternatively, you can make a pinhole camera to project to view the partial phases.  Construction details are available here:  
  2. Where can I get eclipse glasses?
    1. A variety of online vendors have prices ranging from $1 - $10 per pair, depending on quantity.  MTSU purchased glasses for local schools from  A limited number of pairs will be available to the public at MTSU during on-campus eclipse viewing on 8/21/2017.
  3. Can I see the eclipse from my house/school/work?
    1. Yes, you can see a partial eclipse anywhere in North America. However, to find out if you are in the path of totality, check the interactive map. Just zoom in on your location:
  4. Where should I go to view the eclipse?
    1. Any destination in the path of totality will be good as long as the weather cooperates.  However, expect extreme traffic delays, and travel early.  We recommend reaching your destination no later than 10:00 am.

MTSU Presentations

 Presentation for K-12 Educators