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A total solar eclipse is expected to take place on August 21. Map provided by NASA.

The City of Greenbrier is throwing a party for the Aug. 21 eclipse.

The eclipse watch will take place at the Louise Martin Park, located at 2295 Old Greenbrier Pike from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to Greenbrier City Recorder Rachel Slusser.

"We thought it would be fun for the residents of Greenbrier to gather for an afternoon of fellowship and watch the eclipse together at the park," Slusser said. "The City of Greenbrier will be providing protective solar glasses for free to the first 200 people who arrive for the viewing."

Slusser said the city will make available concessions for purchase at the event.

The moon is expected to pass between the sun and earth and will block all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.

"The city is going to allow all of its employees to take a break and head over to the park," Slusser said. "We will be closing down city hall early that day to participate. Everyone is invited."

The total solar eclipse is expected to enter the state of Tennessee at 1:25 p.m. and will leave the state at 2:36 p.m., Central Daylight Time, and viewing the total eclipse is expected to last for two minutes and 33 seconds.

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