PHOTOS: Path of solar eclipse crosses Tennessee

PHOTOS: Path of solar eclipse crosses Tennessee

August 21st, 2017 by Emmett Gienapp in Breaking News

The solar eclipse is in progress on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, seen in Spring City, Tenn. Thousands traveled to the small town, which is in the immediate path of the eclipse, to view the solar event from the heart of the totality.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

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A city with less than 2,000 residents has been humming with activity since before daylight as hordes of outsiders have swept into its parks and streets in preparation for today's solar eclipse. 

As the sun began peeking over the horizon around 7:30 a.m., families and packs of friends were already setting up shop in Veteran's Park in Spring City. 

Those in attendance range from casual observers to diehard enthusiasts and everything in between. Hunter Gnann, who drove 14 hours in an RV with his friends from Wappingers Falls, New York, is more excited than most. 

"I've been waiting for this for five years," he said with a grin. "There's only three, maybe four solar eclipses in the United States in our lifetimes."

Gnann said he's been fascinated with outer space since he was a child and his father showed him the moon through a telescope. Now he has his own equipment, including an automated camera he set up to track the sun throughout the day. 

"For the events like this, you can't miss it," he said. "I just love it. It's my high."

Spring City which lies almost on the center line of the eclipse path, will be in darkness for almost 2 minutes and 40 seconds this afternoon and over 10,000 people are expected to visit. 

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