All About the Eclipse

August 9, 2017

Roper Mountain in Greenville, SC is the place to catch this rare celestial event! Greenville County and parts of surrounding counties will be in the path of totality for this awe-inspiring eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017.   This spectacular event will engulf Greenville at 2:38PM (EST) in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers a once in a lifetime celestial experience!

Quick Facts about the Total Solar Eclipse

  • The last American total eclipse was in Hawaii in 1991.
  • This is the first total solar eclipse in mainland United States since 1979.
  • This is the only total solar eclipse in Upstate, South Carolina until 2078.
  • Totality begins in western South Carolina at 2:36pm (EST) on August 21, 2017.
  • It travels 251 miles across South Carolina, and finishes totality at 2:49pm (EST) in Charleston, South Carolina.

What causes a Solar Eclipse?

Sometimes when the moon orbits Earth, it moves between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth.  

A total solar eclipse is only visible from a small area on Earth and are very rare. During totality, the moon blocks the sun creating one of the greatest sights in nature as day turns to night.  The sky will become dark, stars and planets will be visible as the sun’s disk becomes black and surrounded by the flashing of the corona.  Millions of people in the path of totality will gasp at the sight of a lifetime. If you’re not in totality – you will miss it.  It’s your only chance in the Upstate until 2078.

Read more on the science of eclipses HERE.

Where can you view totality in the Upstate?

The Denver Downs Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 10a-6p SOLD OUT!

The Greenville Pickens Speedway Eclipse Viewing Party 11a-4p

Activities before the eclipse: February – August, 2017

Friday “Starry Nights” Planetarium Show and Observatory Viewing
The center will have a weekly “Starry Nights” program leading up to the Eclipse in the newly renovated T. C. Hooper Planetarium. Tickets include viewing through the historic 23’ Alvan Clark telescope in the Daniel Observatory.  Special Eclipse programs will be included at each show time. 

Special Summer Planetarium shows on the Eclipse August 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17.