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Chas Sisk / WPLN

If you're still seeing spots from the solar eclipse, it's past time to see a doctor.

But it looks like Tennesseans heeded warnings about potential eye damage. Nashville's largest retina specialists say they haven't diagnosed anyone with eclipse-related vision loss.

Jason Moon Wilkins, WPLN

Here's a follow up of sorts to a story WPLN's Meribah Knight did before the eclipse on how the Nashville Zoo was preparing to observe, with the help of citizen scientists, the reaction of animals during the eclipse.


Quintron Weather Warlock Third Man Records total solar eclipse
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

To fully appreciate this eclipse story, WPLN recommends the audio version (above).

An experimental musician brought his weather-controlled synthesizer to the roof of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville for the total solar eclipse. The so-called “Weather Warlock” made a soundtrack based on the atmospheric conditions of wind, temperature and sunlight.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

In East Nashville's James Cayce Homes, resident Tori Winston, 28, adjusted the eclipse glasses on her young nephew. "Look straight at the sun," she said. "You see that little bitty spot on the sun? That's the eclipse."

The impromptu viewing party had just begun and every step of the way, kids were slack-jawed at what they were seeing in the sky.

Emily Siner / WPLN

It's often easy to tell how old someone is based on the earliest major event they can remember — and for some first graders at Carroll Oakland School in Lebanon, the rare solar eclipse may be that moment.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

We've seen plenty of photos of what the total solar eclipse looked like — but what did it sound like? Fortunately, WPLN reporters were scattered throughout Middle Tennessee, recorders in hand, to find out. From the eerie pre-eclipse shadows, to the first glimpses of totality, to the sun reappearing, the experience was as aural as it was visual.


NPR's Live Coverage Of The Total Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon, across Middle Tennessee, and to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

Emily Siner / WPLN

This post will be updated throughout the day as WPLN reporters observe the eclipse and the crowds gathered to enjoy it. Newest info will be up top.

Taylor Slifko / APSU

One of the universities closest to the center of totality will document how animals on campus will react to the sudden darkness of Monday's total solar eclipse.

Researchers from Austin Peay State University's agriculture department will record observations on university cattle, bees and crickets.

Fort Campbell
Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

The 101st Airborne Division will be on alert as a rare solar eclipse crosses Middle Tennessee on Monday. Fort Campbell has decided to suspend regular business for the day.

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