maxresdefaultA once in a lifetime event, a total solar eclipse will pass directly over Clemson August 21, 2017!  A total solar eclipse happens when the moon moves between the Earth and Sun, blocking the view of our nearest star. The eclipse will begin passing over the upstate around 1:07 PM and finish around 4:02 PM. The total eclipse will begin around 2:37 PM and last less than 3 minutes.

During this time the afternoon will become dark and the stars will become visible in the middle of the day, animals will make surprise appearances, and flowers that bloom during the day will close. That will be the only time viewers will be able to remove their solar glasses and look directly at the eclipse without the risk of physical harm.

Multiple watch parties are being held throughout Clemson and Pickens County:

Join Clemson University on the Library Green adjacent to the Cooper Library and the Watt Family Innovation Center 11AM-4PM. There will be special speakers from Clemson’s College of Science and “Eclipse-chaser” Rick Brown that will cover the impact on the environment and what to look for during the eclipse. Thousands of souvenir eclipse-viewing glasses will be distributed at various locations on Clemson’s main campus on August 21, 2017.

Southern Wesleyan University is having a viewing party on the Gilbert Track and Field Complex starting at noon ending at 3pm. Guests may bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Live music, scientific experts, lunch, lemonade, snack vendors, and activities for all ages will entertain you until the eclipse!

Chris Rimel, the Duke World of Energy plant manager and communications manager for Duke’s South Carolina’s nuclear fleet, is inviting everyone from across the Upcountry to watch the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse from the World of Energy’s three-acre front lawn. Learn more about the eclipse and it’s impact to the upstate region.

Jocassee Keowee Rentals and Tours will be taking their fleet of Pontoons on Lake Jocassee for a 6-8 hour touring party. Meals, snacks, beverages, beach party games, and more will be provided as you tour Jocassee’s waterfalls and lush scenery before the eclipse. Seating is very limited!

No matter where you watch, Clemson ranks in the top 10 cities in the eclipse path based on “view ability percentage” so you don’t want to miss out! Be sure to pick up some safety glasses at one of the events, or local grocery stores throughout the upstate.

Originally posted on July 25, 2017 by Perri Leuck. Last updated on August 7, 2017.

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