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Wilson County in prime location to see rare full solar eclipse

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According to the National Weather Service office in Donelson, Wilson County is in the path of one of the greatest solar eclipses to date.

"We will get to see it at its best," a representative from NWS said Thursday.

Reports say the total eclipse scheduled for August 21, 2017, will arrive around 1 p.m. and last for two minutes and 40 seconds.

"This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years," said meteorologist Bobby Boyd. "The last one occurred on February 26, 1979. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970."

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is directly between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on our planet. The moon has to be between the sun and earth for it to occur, said Boyd, adding this only happens when there is a new moon, but solar eclipses don't happen at every new moon.

Another source in Sumner County said the prime location to view the eclipse will be seen as far west as Oregon and work its way into the Southeast.

A website for the event has been set up and should be operational soon. Go to solareclipsetn.com to find out more.

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