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Clark Lovelace was a little skeptical when a package with a pair of cardboard eclipse glasses showed up in his mailbox two years ago. He put them on, but couldn’t see a thing through the opaque black film, so off they came. Read more

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When the total eclipse descends on Cherokee, North Carolina, this August, a tradition reaching back thousands of years will live on. Read more

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By a celestial stroke of luck, the total eclipse will swoop over the colossal dish telescopes of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard, North Carolina. Read more

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A thin beam of dimmed headlights slid around the last curve of the snaking switchbacks to Lookout Mountain Observatory, the doors of a shuttle bus swung open and a crowd of eager star gazers piled out into the night. Read more

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Once in a lifetime. That’s the motto for millions of Americans who will journey to the path of totality when the Great American Eclipse sweeps over the Smoky Mountains on August 21. Read more

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An astronomical number of visitors will descend on the Smoky Mountains for the Great American Eclipse—an out-of-this-world, thank-your-lucky-star, universally spectacular event. Read more

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Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. Read more

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We in the Northern Hemisphere experienced the autumnal equinox on September 22, with the hours of daylight and dark virtually equal. Ever since, we have been turning away from the sun, the light growing softer and the shadows longer. Read more

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