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Solar Eclipse Edition

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About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Millions of Americans in 12 states will be able to watch this solar spectacle that will turn day into night for a couple of minutes. Tennessee is among the 12 states that have been declared to be a best place to experience this rare phenomenon. In Kingsport, the peak of the eclipse affect will take place at 2:36 p.m.


Kingsport City Schools will be in session on August 21st and plans are underway for our students to participate in this exciting and historic event. With the support of the KCS Curriculum and Instruction team, schools have been provided resources that support activities aligned to our STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) vision and maximize the opportunity for learning. Students viewing the eclipse will utilize approved glasses provided by KCS. Partnering with Eastman, the district has purchased viewing glasses for students made by Lunt Solar Systems, a manufacturer verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standards and found on the approved Solar Filter Brands list of the American Astronomical Society. Additionally, students will receive instructions on methods of safe viewing of an eclipse complete with warnings regarding attempts to watch this event without protecting one’s eyes.

Solar Eclipse Video 1-What to Expect & Direct Solar Viewing

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