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Numerous events, watch parties being planned for total eclipse in August

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The Upstate is preparing to look toward the skies in August, when the area will experience a total solar eclipse.

On the afternoon of August 21, the moon will completely block out the sun, casting the Upstate in darkness for two-and-a-half minutes.

Some cities are planning celebrations as the Upstate sits in the direct path of totality during the eclipse.

The city of Newberry is planning an entire four-day festival around the event, called Newberry Eclipsefest.

Many schools plan to use the rare astronomical event as a learning opportunity for both students and the public.

Students in Greenville County will begin school on August 22 after the eclipse, but students in Pickens County will start the school year early in order to take advantage of the learning experience.

Clemson University is planning a huge party that will be open to the public to celebrate the arrival of nightfall in mid-afternoon.

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Below is a list of other schools hosting events. Click the available links for full details.

  • Bob Jones University. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Furman University. 2 – 2:45 p.m. at Palladian Stadium
  • Tri County Tech. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pendleton Campus. Event will feature food, music, and more.
  • UNC Asheville will host a Great American Eclipse viewing part for students and the community, in conjunction with the Asheville Museum of Science. Times and locations have not yet been announced.


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