How many remember the last time you were able to witness the Total Solar Eclipse? One thing is for sure, if you saw the last Total Solar Eclipse in Georgia, you were 47 years younger than you are today! The last Total Solar Eclipse to pass through our state was on March 7, 1970. The next big evening is just weeks away! We are busy here at Georgia Mountain Rentals, planning and organizing our Valley Viewing of the Total Solar Eclipse passing through the Northeastern corner of Georgia, including Helen and Sautee Nacoochee on Monday, August 21, 2017.
A Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon is between the earth and the sun. While the moon passes between the earth and the sun once a month, a Solar Eclipse only happens during a new moon. Because the plane of the moon’s orbit at an angle to the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun, the proper alignment for a Total Solar Eclipse is rare. It’s a rare event you don’t want to miss! Share this special day with Georgia Mountain Rentals!
Learning the history of eclipse sightings takes us back to a time when the sky was a mystery. With this came many myths to explain the darkness during daylight hours. Keeping the stories close to home, we will begin with the Cherokee people.
The Cherokee tribal territory covered the Southern Appalachian Mountains and included these Mountains and Valleys in Helen and Sautee Nacoochee. The Cherokee observed eclipses for millennia, and have several names for them. The oldest is “Nvdo walosi ugisgo.” The literal translation is “Sun/Moon frog it-eats-the-round-thing-habitually,” or “The frog eats the sun/moon.” This refers to the traditional belief that the eclipse is caused by a giant frog swallowing the sun or moon. To scare the frog away, the Cherokee people made loud noises for the duration of the eclipse. James Adair wrote in 1736, “This was the effect of their natural philosophy and done to assist the suffering moon.”
Understanding why we can’t look directly at the sun during the Total Solar Eclipse is an important lesson for all of us. Not only will we share important information on protecting your eyes, Georgia Mountain Rentals guests can add packages to their reservation that include Eclipse Eyewear.
Many schools will be closed for this big day. This gives families the opportunity to experience this amazing astronomical event together. Learning and sharing, playing games and finally watching from the lush green pastures of Sautee Valley will make for a memorable day. While we continue to organize lectures, activities and good eats, you can begin planning by securing a cabin or chalet with Georgia Mountain Rentals! Simply call one of our Reservation Agents at 877-883-8400 or book online at www.georgiamtnrentals.com. Don’t miss our celebration and viewing event!
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Eclipse Wise Website
Time Life Magazine Photo Archives
Your Grandmothers Cherokee Blog
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Website