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Clemson offering "tailgazing" spaces for Aug. 21 total solar eclipse viewing party

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NASA image showing the path of the total eclipse across the US (Source: Clemson Univ. / NASA) NASA image showing the path of the total eclipse across the US (Source: Clemson Univ. / NASA)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University is hosting a large viewing party on campus in August during the solar eclipse.

The university said it is South Carolina's only top 25-ranked public research university in the path of totality for the astronomical event and the university is offering 900 "tailgazing" spaces for prime viewing.

Per a university release, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. there will be approximately 900 spaces larges enough for spacious tailgating at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center. Participants can purchase these spots for $50. Click here for more information.

"Not only will spectators receive a prime viewing location for the eclipse, but they will be treated to the sight of Hartwell Lake in the distance."

Those who purchase a spot will also get five pairs of solar glasses to protect viewers' eyes from the damaging rays of sun.

Proceeds from the event will go toward enhancing student experiences at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center, the university said.

The total solar eclipse is expected to occur on the afternoon of August 21. Night will fall across the area in the middle of the day as the moon moves between the earth and the sun.

The eclipse will occur from coast to coast but Clemson will be situated in the path where a total blackout will occur.

The eclipse will begin around 1:07 p.m. and end at 4:02 p.m. The total eclipse is expected to occur at 2:37 p.m. and last for two minutes and 37 seconds.

The university said it will distribute souvenir eclipse-viewing glasses at various locations on campus on the day of the event. The glasses will allow viewers to safely watch the eclipse as it occurs.

Clemson has additional educational resources for students, faculty, and the viewing public here.

The university is also maintaining a blog with eclipse related materials leading up to the big day.

“Solar eclipses themselves are not rare, but the chance of having one pass over where you live is really special,” stated Amber Porter, a  lecturer in the department of physics and astronomy in the College of Science at Clemson, in a news release from the university.

WATCH MORE: Total solar eclipse arrives in Upstate on Aug. 21

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