Greenville South Carolina is directly in the path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse and has been identified as one of the best places in the country to view this once in a lifetime event! To make sure you make the most out of this special day, we have assembled our Guide to Eclipse Activities happening in Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Make sure you visit our new website devoted to all things Eclipse: greenvilleeclipse.com
There are activities happening all weekend long prior to the event so make sure you visit our area attractions, dining and live music venues using our handy Greenville Visitors Guide.
We hope you enjoy the eclipse and your time in Greenville, South Carolina!
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Key Times for 2017 Eclipse
Partial phase start: 1:09pm
Totality Start*: 2:38pm
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What is a total solar eclipse?
Essentially, it’s when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky, lets you look right at the sun (only when it’s completely covered, though – you must use special solar viewing glasses (also known as “eclipse glasses”) whenever the sun isn’t completely eclipsed), and shows you the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns into night. It’s one of the most beautiful things you can ever see on earth.
Aren’t these pretty common?
Well, one happens about every year or every other year, somewhere on earth. However, you have to be situated in a very narrow strip of land (called the ‘path of totality’) if you want to see the total phase of the eclipse. Otherwise, all you see (with your eclipse glasses, of course!) is a pretty boring partial eclipse. And that strip of land is generally VERY far off the beaten path – like Mongolia, or the Sahara desert, or the ocean somewhere. Very few people (as a percentage of the overall population) have ever seen a total solar eclipse.
Wasn’t there just an eclipse of the sun in the USA not too many years ago?
The only total eclipses that have happened in the last 40 years in the US were in 1979 (in the northwest part of the country only) and 1991 (Hawaii only). Anything else you saw was only a partial (and there have been lots of these, like on Christmas Day 2000) or an annular eclipse (such as the one on May 10, 1994). Those are NOTHING compared to the absolutely amazing spectacle of a total eclipse!!!
I’m sure we saw an eclipse when I was a kid. We made pinhole viewers, and it was interesting – but not like what you’re saying at all.
That’s because what you saw was a PARTIAL (or maybe an ANNULAR) eclipse. You absolutely have to use eye protection to watch these types of eclipses, and you’re right – it’s not very exciting. But a TOTAL eclipse is something that cannot be described. If you go, then you will know….
OK, so where do I need to be to watch it?
For the 2017 eclipse, there is a strip of land about 70 miles wide or so (called the ‘path of totality’) that stretches from central Oregon through South Carolina.
When will it happen?
Monday, August 21, 2017.