Countdown to the 2017 Solar Eclipse - Cookeville TN Events

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We are on Solar Eclipse Countdown!  The eclipse will be Monday, Aug. 21, with totality lasting approximately two and a half minutes beginning around 1:30 p.m.

Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.

On this week's show, Ready To Learn project manager Cindy Putman and her three special co-hosts Dr. Steve Robinson, Dr. Amy Winebarger, and Ashley McKee, Cookeville’s History Museum Education Specialist share more info about all the events happening to celebrate this historical scientific event.

With all the myths and legends surrounding a Solar Eclipse the storytellers in Dogwood Park on Saturday are sure to be a big hit, says Mckee. There will be 5 different stories shared from the main stage amphitheatre. Bring your lawnchairs and settle in for an evening of entertainment.

Stephen Robinson, chairman of the physics department, stresses the importance of wearing the correct glasses. Make sure your glasses meet the international standard with the code ISO rating 12312-2. Make sure the glasses are not scratched or creased. If so, discard them, as they are not safe.

"It's rare for it to go across one continent," Robinson said. "It mostly happens in areas that are not real accessible." He also shared that only folks viewing the Solar Eclipse in an 80 mile area from the line of totality would have the best view

Amy Winebarger shares her eclipse story-

"I went to Paris in 1999 as a graduation gift to myself to see that solar eclipse, and it rained," Winebarger said. "I got up early in the morning, drove north of Paris, and it rained."

Winebarger is especially interested in this event because she is a senior astrophysicist with NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

This is the first time North America has seen a solar eclipse since 1968.

They have been around to schools and various community groups educating people on the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Check out this Lineup of Saturday’s Solar Eclipse Events:

The Putnam County Library will hold an eclipse session with NASA certified experts and WCTE-PBS Ready Jet Go at 10: 30 a.m.

WCTE- PBS Ready Jet Go will make a special guest appearance in the grassy area behind the Cookeville History Museum on Saturday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

At Cookeville's Dogwood Park, there will be storytelling of tales and folklore of past eclipses at 7 p.m. while "Star Wars: Rogue One" shows at 8 p.m.

Check out Monday’s Solar Eclipse Event:

Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium will host more than 9,000 people to view the eclipse on Monday. Those festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and WCTE-PBS Ready Jet Go character, Jet Propulsion will be there to welcome folks into the Solar Eclipse Event.

TTU will have eclipse glasses to hand out to the first 10,000 participants Monday.

Officials are stressing everyone wear the approved glasses to prevent damage.

The Eclipse Festival area, located between Tucker Stadium and the Hooper Eblen Center, will open at 10 a.m. and will feature 40 vendor and educational booths, including an opportunity to touch a snake with the university's biology department, create commemorative eclipse prints with the Appalachian Center for Craft, learn about the science of the eclipse with the physics department and more.

Food vendors and concessions will also be available.

Visitors are encouraged to park in lots marked for festival parking, with other campus lots available as needed. Handicap parking will be available in the lot behind Volpe Library.

Parking is not allowed at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Visitors are encouraged to enter campus from Willow Avenue via University Drive. Stadium Drive will be closed for the event.

Visit for a map and registration information.

You can also check out for more info! 

Can't attend any Eclipse events? Watch the eclipse festivities live on WCTE's website at! 

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