Courtesy of UNC Asheville
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States, beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. It is known as the Great American Eclipse, as it will be the first total solar eclipse exclusive to the United States since the country was founded. And it is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. This will be a fantastic celestial event that everyone should experience.
Asheville will only experience a 99% partial eclipse (We are just outside the path of totality.), so it will be important that the local community understands where they can view the eclipse and, more importantly, how they can view it safely. Since Asheville will not be in the path of totality, the eclipse can only be safely viewed using proper eye protection, specifically specially filtered glasses.
August 21, 2017 is also UNC Asheville's first day of classes for the 2017-18 academic year. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to gather together on the Quad for a great afternoon of eclipse watching, listening to eclipse-inspired music, playing games, yoga, enjoying ice cream and other treats, and experiencing this great event together. For more information about the event, please visit UNC Asheville's Great American Eclipse webpage. There is also a place to join others on campus in eclipse-related discussions (campus email login required). Students should also be aware of the revised UNC Asheville class schedule for August 21, 2017 that has been created so everyone on campus can participate and enjoy the eclipse together.
If you will be staying in Asheville to see the eclipse, come to Pack Square Park for the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival! UNC Asheville is partnering with the Asheville Museum of Science, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, the828.com, and Mix 96.5 for this exciting eclipse viewing event. Enjoy music, food, fun activities, splashville, and more! This festival is an official Carolina Solar Eclipse Party, one of 30 eclipse held across North and South Carolina.
If you have any questions about the eclipse, please call UNC Asheville's Lookout Observatory at 828.250.3958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.