Oakwood students make it to Tennessee for solar eclipse

Several dozen students from Oakwood High School have arrived in Tennessee in anticipation of the Great American Eclipse.

The students, along with Oakwood astronomy teacher Mark Brooks Hedstrom, are traveling about 340 miles to Spring City, Tenn. to witness 100 percent of the rare Great American Eclipse.

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The group started their trip around 5 a.m. today and stopped at the Tennessee Welcome Center to rest and take photos with members of the Civil Air Patrol.

The group hasn’t reached the destination yet, but they are already in the “path of totality” where they will be able to witness 100 percent of the eclipse. Pictures from the group on the road show clear skies.

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The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

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