Wow! What an amazing experience to be in the path of totality for today's eclipse! The City of Goodlettsville was happy to host you and yours. We truly hope your eclipse experience was everything you hoped it would be, and even more. We wish we could sign off with "until next time", but we know better than that! Safe travels and well wishes!
Updated 8/15: Free eclipse glasses will be available to those in attendance until supplies run out. Eclipse t-shirts and ornaments, as well as the glasses are available at all information stations.
Updated 8/15. Viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 1,500 people in attendance at the kick-off party.
Helpful safety and traffic information leading up to Monday's Eclipse.
The City of Goodlettsville would like to advise our citizens and business owners to expect moderate to major traffic delays this weekend into early next week as... a part of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. The city has been planning for this event for the past nine months in preparation of this visitation it will generate. The projected count of visitors to our city is between 100,000 to 350,000 individuals. The city and the state expect major congestion on I-65 near exits 95, 96, 97 and 98, as well as, highways 41, 31-W, 386 (Vietnam Veterans) and 174 (Long Hollow Pike) which could lead to very heavy traffic on side roads and in neighborhoods. All City of Goodlettsville Departments will be fully staffed in response to this event. Please be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Goodlettsville Emergency Communications at 615-859-3405 or 911 in the event of an emergency.
The City would also like to advise residents that looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality at approximately 1:28 p.m. on Monday the 21st.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.
• Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
• Always supervise children using solar filters.
• Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
• Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
• Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
• Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
• If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
• Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
• If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
Note: Please make sure your eclipse glasses are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard
We are in need of food trucks for the eclipse kick-off event in Goodlettsville on Sunday, August 20th and for the Get Eclipsed in Goodlettsville event on Monday, August 21st. Please share this post, or send us a message to get on board.
D.B. Chase and the Moonshine Outlaws will perform at the Get Eclipsed Kick-off Party Sunday night. They play southern country rock and bluegrass and they are awesome! Here's a link to their youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist…
We are accepting vendors for both the kick-off party and for the eclipse day. Comment below if you are interested!
***Edited on July 20, 2017. We are accepting food and product vendors. Thank you!
Tennessee is projected to have a huge number of visitors on the day of the Great American Eclipse, Monday, August 21, 2017.
"Imagine 20 Woodstock festivals occurring simultaneously across the nation. Large numbers of visitors will overwhelm lodging and other resources in the path of totality."
Make plans to come to Goodlettsville's Get Eclipsed Event and stay off the roads at the peak eclipse times.
Goodlettsville's eclipse viewing glasses are in! Eye safety is key in viewing a total solar eclipse. The City of Goodlettsville and Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce will be handing out free pairs at the Get Eclipsed in Goodlettsville kick-off party at the Bowen House in Moss-Wright Park the Sunday night before the big event. Join Goodlettsville's eclipse event pages for details on the kick-off party and the eclipse day event.
One of the most common questions about the total solar eclipse is how to photograph it. The short answer is: DON'T! There are several reasons not to:
- a great... photo of the corona is difficult and best left to expert astrophotographers
- your time in totality is limited and you should enjoy the amazing spectacle without futzing with equipment
- you will be so amazed by the sight that you will have trouble getting the right settings on a camera. Even experts make goofs like leaving the lens cap on!
That said, we do recommend the following: take your smart phone and place it on a tripod, chair, or car. Frame the view with your group in the foreground and the eclipse in the background. Start video a couple of minutes before totality. This video will be a treasured keepsake and the audio will be especially precious.
What's your advice?
More at www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com