‘The Great American Total Solar Eclipse’ is going to be one of the most phenomenal sky events a person can witness this year. After nearly four decades when a total solar eclipse last darkened on U.S. soil, August 21st total solar eclipse is a special occurrence on its own because this will mark the first time in almost a century that such an event is viewable to millions of people from coast to coast. People all the way from Oregon to South Carolina who descend upon this “path of totality” are in for an unforgettable experience.
Path of the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse”
Luckily, this total solar eclipse is fully visible in Greenville. It will begin its pass over the Upstate at about 1:07 pm and finish around 4:03 pm. The total eclipse will pass Greenville around 2:37 pm and will last for 2 minutes and 10 seconds before heading through Columbia and Charleston. If you do not witness the eclipse on August 21st, the next opportunity to witness a total eclipse in the Upstate will be in 2078. So consider this a once in a lifetime event.
What’s a Total Solar Eclipse?
A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, during a total solar eclipse, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun and casts the darkest part of its shadow (Umbra) on Earth. Only the Sun’s corona is visible and during this time, the sky goes dark and temperatures can fall.
REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. It is only safe to view a FULLY eclipsed Sun (totality) with your naked eye, however, the total phase will only last about 2 minutes, and one must be careful not to look at the sun immediately before or after the total phase.
Total Solar Eclipse Parties in the Greenville Area : Where to Go?
Undoubtedly, for us who are in the narrow path of totality, this solar eclipse is going to be a thrilling sight to experience. It is never too early to begin making your plans to see the total solar eclipse. Here are the list of parties and public events across Greenville and the Upstate.
- Falls Park. Bring your own blanket, eye protection glasses, and snack.
- Solar Spectacular @ Lake Conestee Nature Park. 12:30 – 3:30 pm. $20 admission for adults, $10 for kids under 12
- Eclipse at Furman @ Paladin Stadium. 12 – 3 pm. Free admission and glasses.
- AJW Eclipse Fest 2017 @ AJ Whittenburg Elementary School of Engineering. 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Free admission with free glasses for first 500 people.
- Total Solar Eclipse @ The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. 9 am – 5 pm. $10 Admission. Pinhole viewers provided and food from Coastal Crust, King of Pops, and Brusters will be on site + a live stream from NASA and the Smithsonian.
- Greenville’s Hughes Main Library. 11:00 am – 3:30 pm. A special telescope will be available to view the eclipse.
- Solar Eclipse Extravaganza @ the Roper Mountain Science Center. With admission.
- Bob Jones University. 1 – 3 pm
- All American Solar Eclipse @ Paris Mountain State Park. 1- 4 pm. Bring solar viewing glasses, sunscreen, water. Meeting place at Ballfield.
- Eclipse over NOMA Square. 1 – 4 pm. Enjoy Roost’s cash bar and live music by Katie & Larry.
- Greenville Drive Eclipse Game. 1:05 pm First Pitch w/ Eclipse events throughout the day.
- Ink and Ivy Eclipse Party @ rooftop. 12 – 3 pm. Free with complimentary viewing glasses and $10 Blue Plate special and live music.
- The Great American Eclipse @Greer City Park. 12 – 3 pm. Free + first 1,000 people get free glasses
- Trailblazer Park Eclipse Party. 1 – 3:30 pm. Live music by Hot as a Pepper, celestial-themed face painting, and food and dessert vendors. The first 500 people will receive free viewing glasses.
- Area 44 Eclipse Party @Woodside Park, Fountain Inn. 1 – 4 pm. Carolinas Growers Group will have the grill fired up + Tony’s Pizza will be selling ‘za by the slice. Free admission and glasses.
- Lights out Mauldin @ Mauldin Cultural Center. 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. Free, 99.5 Chuck FM will be providing the tunes and glasses will be provided for free while supplies last.
- Anderson Jockey Lot: We Eclipse Them All Party @ 4530 Highway 29 N, Belton, SC. 7 am – 4 pm. Free glasses to the first 1,000 people.
- Solar Eclipse viewing party @ Denver Downs Farm, 1515 Denver Rd. Anderson, SC. 10 am – 6 pm. $11.75 Admission, sunglasses included. The farm will have a misting area for adults and a slip and slide for the kids.
- Belton Solar Fest @ Belton Center for Arts. 11:30 am to 4 pm. Live broadcast
- Solar Eclipse Family Day @ Tyger River Foundation, 3100 Walnut Grove Road Roebuck, SC, 29376. 10 am – 3 pm. $10 for a family of 4; $2 per addition. Bring a picnic and enjoy hiking and fishing (bring relevant permit and supplies). Eclipse glasses provided. Call the Spartanburg Science Center to reserve your spot. 864-583-2777.
Will weather conditions cooperate?
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