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Next month, one of the most amazing celestial sights will pass through East Tennessee. The community is invited to attend UT’s Solar Sun Day to prepare for viewing the total eclipse.

The event will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23, on the roof of the Nielsen Physics Building, 1408 Circle Drive.

Related: Everything You Need to Know about Eclipse 2017

Participants will observe the sun through telescopes using two different kinds of filters, learn about the August 21 total eclipse and how to view it safely, and pick up tips to build devices for viewing the sun indirectly. They also will see an eclipse simulation in UT’s planetarium and receive a free pair of solar glasses to prepare for the big event next month.

Parking is available in the White Avenue Garage. Enter the Nielsen Physics Building from the entrance facing the Hill.

Paul Lewis, director of space science outreach in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead Solar Sun Day.

Other Solar Sun Day educational seminars will be held leading up to the eclipse.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Paul Lewis (865-974-9601,