A solar eclipse occurs when our orbiting moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, causing the Sun to become fully or partially covered. Because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted five more degrees than the Earth’s orbit around the sun, the first phase (or new moon) often does not align properly to allow a solar eclipse to happen. On August 21st, 2017 the alignment will accommodate a total solar eclipse to occur, and this time the “umbral shadow” will be cast cross the United States. Tennessee lies within the “path of totality”, and many Tennesseans will be able to experience a total eclipse of the sun. The capital city of Nashville will experience total obscurity of the sun for one minute and 55 seconds, at 1:27 PM Central Standard Time. The sun will be completely blotted out, revealing only its fiery corona. Star gazers from all over the world are gathering to witness this profound event.