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Solar Eclipse 2017
Date:  2/15/2017
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The last American total eclipse was in Hawaii in 1991. This is the first total solar eclipse in mainland United States since 1979 and is the only total solar eclipse in Upcountry, South Carolina this century.



Most of the Upcountry will be in the path of totality for this awe-inspiring eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017.  The rest of the Eastern United States will see only a partial eclipse.  This spectacular event will engulf the area in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers a once in a lifetime celestial experience!


Places to view the eclipse:


Chattooga Belle Farm- located in Long Creek, South Carolina, lies directly in the "path of totality", the narrow region that will allow for a full 2.5 minutes of darkness beginning around 2:35pm. The farm, with its already breathtaking vista views, will be the perfect place to witness this once in a lifetime event. Join visitors from around the world as we celebrate with Food Trucks, Distillery Tours & Tastings, Music, Astronomy Talks, Star Gazing, Drum Circle, Fruit Picking, Crafts, Disc Golf, Yard Games and more!


Duke’s World of Energy “For many this is a once-in-lifetime event,” said Chris Rimel, World of Energy manager and communications manager for Duke’s South Carolina nuclear fleet. “The eclipse fits well into the World of Energy’s education mission – we’re inviting students from across the Upcountry to watch the eclipse from the World of Energy’s three-acre front lawn; I’m hopeful the lawn will be packed with students watching the sky that afternoon.”


Roper Mountain Science Center will have Eclipse Extravaganza special hours 10am-5pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday. There will be full dome shows in the new T.C. Hooper Planetarium along with programs on safe viewing of the eclipse. Special observation sites with Astronomers assisting visitors on Monday. Tours of the Daniel Observatory and historic 23” Alvan Clark Refractor Telescope, the 8th largest refractor in the country. In addition to the Science Center, there are many events happening in and around Greenville, from viewing at a baseball game to a party on NOMA Square.

Anderson County Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Experience the eclipse from the shores of Lake Hartwell. Green Pond's unobstructed viewshed is to the Southwest, where the eclipse will occur. There will be an astronomer on-site to provide information and answer questions. 

Lake Jocassee-Jocasee Lake Tours has two tour options. You'll visit some waterfalls on the way to viewing the eclipse from the boat, from the shore, or in the lake on a floatie!

Clemson University- Souvenir eclipse shades that are certified for the user to view the sun without harm will be available at the central viewing location on campus on the day of the eclipse. Astrophysicists and other eclipse experts will be available to answer questions about viewing the eclipse safely, demonstrate the special alignment that allows eclipses to occur and discuss what new knowledge astronomers hope to gain about the sun during this eclipse.

 Southern Wesleyan University is welcoming the public to its Central campus to view the solar eclipse at the Joe R. Gilbert Track and Field. The university will give out special protective viewers to the first 3,000 visitors and there will be telescopes set up especially for the viewing, along with a live feed on the large video scoreboard at the track for safe viewing by small children. Also, Southern Wesleyan’s Division of Science will host a lecture and lunch at Bryant Lodge from 10 a.m.

The next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse won’t happen again until August 12, 2045, and you’ll have to wait until 2078 to see it again in South Carolina. Don’t miss this event!

Learn more about the eclipse: http://nationaleclipse.com/index.html 


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