The Great American Eclipse is coming to "Yeah, THAT Greenville" on August, 21 2017 at 2:38 pm. This will be the first eclipse to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 and the only total solar eclipse we'll see in Upstate SC this century! Greenville is one of only a few U.S. cities to be in the "path of totality," meaning we'll experience total darkness in the middle of the day! Cool, huh? All of that makes Greenville, SC, the city the Wall Street Journal calls "Dream Town, USA", the perfect place to view this once-in-a-lifetime event.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Because the eclipse itself will occur on a Monday, you can spend the entire weekend beforehand exploring everything Greenville has to offer. With our award-winning downtown, more than 600 restaurants, fabulous retail shops, world-class collection of museums, galleries and theaters, and stunning natural scenery, the eclipse is a great way to cap off a memorable trip to one of the Southeast's fastest-growing destinations.
The Roper Mountain Science Center will be hosting several events and activities in the weeks leading up to and the week of the eclipse, culminating in an Eclipse Extravanga that they have planned.
The Daniel Observatory at the Roper Mountain Science Center holds the 8th largest refractor telescope in North America. The lens is the same one used by Albert Einstein, and is sometimes referred to as the "War of the Worlds Telescope." Their newly-renovated planetarium (opening in February 2017) will have the largest capacity in South Carolina with 4K technology that will be playing special content leading up to the eclipse. Additionally, during the eclipse, RMSC is partnering with the California Academy of Sciences to study the reactions that animals and plants have to a total eclipse, so be sure to download the iNaturalist app and take part! Click here to learn more.
Visit the Roper Mountain Science Center website for more information on eclipse events and activities, resources, safe viewing information, and more.
Bob Jones University is also hosting eclipse viewing events that include hands-on science activities, telescopes with solar filters and informational talks by BJU science professors. They are also giving free eclipse glasses to the first 2,000 registrants. Visit the Bob Jones University Website to register or for more information on the BJU Eclipse Experience.
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