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When should you wear your solar eclipse viewing glasses?

PHOTO: MGN

The total solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people in the Nashville area.

But looking directly at the sun during the eclipse can be damaging to the eyes.

When to wear your glasses:

  • When looking directly at the sun, starting at the beginning of the partial eclipse.
  • The sun is no stronger than any other day, so you don't need to wear glasses out and about, they are just to protect your eyes when looking straight at the sun
  • You can ONLY take off glasses for totality.
  • Before and after totality, you must wear your glasses to view the sun.
  • Click here for more tips from the Dept. of Homeland Security

Total Solar Eclipse cities & times:

The partial eclipse will start just before noon before on Aug. 21. The moon completely blocks out the sun around 1:27 p.m. on Aug. 21. Nashville will be among the areas with a front-row-seat to the eclipse. The moon will cast a shadow smaller than the Earth, meaning only those areas in the shadow will see the eclipse.


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