Eclipse T-minus one day and counting: Viewing events at Tellus, Berry College and more. Latest forecast. How to safely watch the eclipse.

Eclipse T-minus one day and counting: Viewing events at Tellus, Berry College and more. Latest forecast. How to safely watch the eclipse.

Below: Latest eclipse updates / keeping your eyes safe / events / area schools


T-minus 1 day and counting until the highly anticipated total solar eclipse tomorrow. There are a number of viewing event including opportunities at Tellus Science Museum or even at Vahalla Stadium at Berry College (see listing below). It looks like the weather should cooperate, but it will be hot, so plan accordingly if you will be outside to watch.


In our area, partial eclipse beginning at 1:03 p.m., the maximum shadow here at 2:34 p.m. and ending with a partial eclipse at 4 p.m


The latest eclipse forecast looks like sunshine warm temps at 90, heat index could reach 99:

1 pm

Temp: 90°F
Wind: SE @ 5 mph
2 pm

Mostly Sunny
Temp: 90°F
Wind: SE @ 5 mph
3 pm

Mostly Sunny
Temp: 86°F
Wind: SE @ 5 mph
4 pm

Mostly Sunny
Temp: 91°F
Wind: SE @ 5 mph
Some Floyd County Schools had to send back eclipse viewers recalled by Amazon: A recall of some eclipse glasses by supplier Amazon has left schools across the country in a bind with the one-in-a-lifetime event set for Monday afternoon. Among them: Some Floyd County schools.   “Some of our schools were victims of this,” says Lenora McEntire, public relations manager for Floyd County Schools. She didn’t know the specific schools Wednesday evening. She asked that we “remind parents to not assume that all children will be viewing the solar eclipse outside but to check with their child’s teacher(s) about safe viewing activities for Aug. 21. The individual teachers are doing different things depending on grade level, student interest, lesson plans, etc.” Also, please no child pickups or withdrawals during prime eclipse time on Monday: “We also ask that parents refrain from checking their children out between 2 and 3 p.m. to allow our students to be fully engaged in safe viewing opportunities.”

Eclipse glasses out of stock; area residents seek more: We’re getting calls from our radio listeners and emails from our web visitors about securing safe glasses to watch Monday’s eclipse. Some of our seniors as the assisted living centers in town are especially interested. If you know of any certified-safe glasses available in town, please reply below or email


From Wednesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM:  Harbin Clinic Opthalmologist Dr. David Herren joined us to discuss safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse on Monday. Please click the above SoundCloud file to hear the seven-minute video.


Georgia Highlands College’s Associate Professor of Physics Mark Pergrem details just what you can expect from the upcoming solar eclipse in this short, informative video with graphics and animations. Pergrem discusses the different types of eclipses, what one can expect in Northwest Georgia during the eclipse, and how Christopher Columbus used an eclipse to save his crew from starvation.


Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville has a number of events planned to celebrate the “Great American Eclipse.”  On Aug. 21, Tellus will have a live feed in the Theater from the best possible location in the total eclipse path with Tellus Astronomer David Dundee and WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns. Meanwhile, Tellus staff will give you a play by play as the eclipse progresses. Outside, you can safely view the eclipse in the Tellus Observatory and on the Museum lawn through smaller telescopes. You may also want to purchase a pair of eclipse glasses from the Tellus Store. In the Bentley Planetarium, catch a showing of Totality to learn more about eclipses, or experience the Live Tour which will feature the solar eclipse. Details

Closing early: In the interest of public safety during the solar eclipse, Floyd County Health Department will close on Monday, Aug. 21 at noon. Also closing that day are health departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties in the interest of public safety during the solar eclipse. The district office will close at 1 pm. This closing applies to all public health services in the district, including Environmental Health, WIC, and Children’s Health services.

Rome Braves will be part of an on-the-road ‘Total Eclipse of the Park’ next Monday: The Columbia Fireflies are calling it the “Total Eclipse of the Park” in a day game — or maybe a twilight game — set for 1:05 p.m. on Monday, August 21, vs. the Rome Braves. The teams will halt play at 2:41 p.m., the totality of the solar eclipse in Columbia.  “People at the stadium will have the chance to witness the sun disappear behind the moon and turn daylight into twilight – and twilight back to daylight – over the ballpark,” according to a team media release. It also says Columbia, S.C., is considered to be the Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast.

Aug. 21: The Young  Professionals of Rome are organizing a watching event at Georgia Highlands College (Rome Campus) from 1-4 p.m. To register

Aug. 21: Berry College invites the community to watch the eclipse at Valhalla stadium: The home of the Vikings’ football team (and other sports) will serve as central viewing spot with the partial eclipse beginning at 1:03 p.m., the maximum shadow here at 2:34 p.m. and ending with a partial eclipse at 4 p.m. For more

From DOT: Northeast Georgia, expect delays on Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21A solar eclipse will occur in Northeast Georgia on August 21. Motorists traveling in Northeast Georgia should expect spectator delays on all major routes, especially I-85 and US 23. Reminder: Parking alongside Georgia state routes, U.S. highways and interstates is not permitted during the eclipse.  Eclipse viewers should find a safe place to park off the roadway system.


Floyd County Schools will delay school dismissal that day by approximately 30 minutes to help ensure the safe viewing of the eclipse and a safe dismissal of students. Here in Floyd County, we will experience a blockage of the Sun much of the afternoon with the maximum blockage occurring around 2:34 p.m. All schools will begin at the regular time. Since dismissal for FCS students begins shortly after 3 p.m. the district feels a 30-minute dismissal delay would allow for better supervision of students during the eclipse. NASA has issued guidelines for watching the eclipse that advise that children should be carefully supervised when using solar filters to view the eclipse. Says Dr. John Jackson, Superintendent:  “In addition to addressing safety concerns associated with the eclipse, the delay will provide more time for us to make this a special educational event for our students, allowing us to organize a variety of safe activities related to this meteorological phenomenon.”  We kindly ask that parents please refrain from checking out students during the heightened part of the eclipse between 2 and 3 p.m. when teachers and staff may be engaged with students in safe viewing opportunities.

Rome City Schools announces special extended time for Aug. 21: The solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for nearly all of our community. An eclipse of this magnitude has not happened in Rome since 1918, and another one will not occur until 2078 (the last total eclipse in this area was in the 1500s). Rome City Schools want our students to be well prepared and protected during this event. The solar event is expected to last from about 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the peak happening around 2:34 p.m., which coincides with Rome City Schools’ normal dismissal times. In order to allow our students to participate in educational activities involving the eclipse and to ensure the safety of all students, we are extending our day by 30 minutes at all elementary schools, as well as at the middle and high schools. All schools will begin at the regular time. Parents should simply add 30 minutes to their school’s regular dismissal time. All afterschool activities will begin after delayed dismissal. Specific activities and plans will be available from your respective school.

  • From Rome High School: The Eclipse Viewing is planned for students on August 21st. If you do not want your child participating, please check them out before 1pm.
Darlington’s plans for Monday’s solar eclipse:
  • Pre-K to 5 will gather in the Johnson Drummond Amphitheatre greenspace behind Thatcher Hall, while grades 6-8 will view the eclipse from Charlie Davidson Field, adjacent to the Morgan Pavilion.
  • Pre-K to 8 dismissals will be delayed until 3:30 p.m. The gate around Thatcher Hall will be closed until 3:20 p.m. so that families can safely get to their vehicles after the eclipse. There will be no athletic practices after school for students in grades 6-8.
  • Upper School students will gather on Jerry Sharp Field at Chris Hunter Stadium to view the eclipse. The school day will end at 3:15 p.m. and athletic practices will be held as scheduled.
  • Darlington will provide approved glasses for all students.

Cartersville City Schools: On Monday, Aug. 21, a near total eclipse will be visible in Cartersville. In an effort to ensure a safe dismissal and safe viewing of the eclipse, Cartersville City School System will extend the school day by 45 minutes. The release times on Aug. 21 are as follows:

  • Kids & Company Pre-K 3 p.m
  • Cartersville Primary School 3:15 p.m.
  • Cartersville Elementary School 3:45 p.m.
  • Cartersville Middle School 4 p.m.
  • Cartersville High School 4:07 p.m.

Bartow County School System will also delay dismissal of elementary students on August 21 by thirty minutes to help ensure better supervision during the eclipse and a safe dismissal of students. Middle and high school car riders and high school drivers will be dismissed on a normal schedule for that day but bus routes will be delayed for middle and high. We will experience a near total eclipse between 2:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. that will last approximately two minutes. Elementary dismissal time will be 3:05 p.m. and middle and high school bus routes will begin at 4:05 p.m.

Gordon County Schools: Due to the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017, Gordon County Schools will DELAY DISMISSAL that afternoon to ensure the safety of all who are involved in the transportation of students- including the students, bus drivers, parents, and other family members, as well as our employees. The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly-scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Subsequently, middle and high schools will have a delay in dismissal of bus riders. Following is the information on August 21st Dismissal Times: Elementary at 3 p.m. and Middle and High: car riders as normal, with buses delayed by approximately 30 mins to allow for completion of elementary routes. Schools will provide further guidance regarding extracurricular and after school activities scheduled for that date. Parents are welcome to check out their children earlier than the delayed dismissal time if they so choose. Students checked out after noon will not be penalized in regard to perfect attendance or exam exemption. However, we ask that students not be checked out during the time surrounding the peak of the eclipse-between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Calhoun City Schools: On August 21, Calhoun PreK, Primary and Elementary Schools will delay dismissal by thirty minutes to help ensure the safe viewing of the eclipse and a safe dismissal of students. Calhoun Middle and High School buses will be delayed, however all other 6-12 students will be dismissed on a normal schedule for that day. We will experience a near total eclipse between 2:35 and 2:40 p.m. that will last approximately two minutes. As dismissal for Calhoun Primary and Elementary School students occurs shortly after 2:30 p.m., the system feels a thirty minute delay in dismissal will allow for better supervision of students during the eclipse. CCS will share additional information on school related activities related to the eclipse.


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