About the Eclipse 

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918.

The 2017 eclipse in either partial or total phase will be visible to over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe and Africa. In the U.S., the path of totality will pass over a thin ribbon about 70 miles across. Greenwood, SC and Lander University’s campus lie directly in this path of totality. Eclipse viewers in our area will be able to see totality, the complete blocking of the sun by the Moon, which will reveal the solar corona. The experience of totality has been described as one of 

nature’s grandest events and a breathtaking experience. The next time a total solar eclipse will be viewable from our area will not occur until May 11, 2078.

Eclipse chasers from around the world are expected to travel to the path of totality to view this remarkable event happening right on our doorstep. Lander University is planning activities for our students, faculty and staff to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from our campus.

Eclipse Timeline for Greenwood

1:10 p.m. - Partial phase begins
2:39 p.m. - Totality (2-min, 28-secs)

Eclipse News & Announcements

  • Lander ready for full day of eclipse activities

    May 25, 2017
    Greenwood is one of many U.S. cities in the path of a rare coast-to-coast solar eclipse coming on August 21 – and Lander University will be a prime place to witness it. Whether it’s using a sunspotter, making a pinhole projector, or viewing the entire 2.5 minutes of totality from the university’s front lawn, students, faculty and staff will find plenty of activities to keep their interest.
  • Lander selected as official site for telescopic images of solar eclipse

    Mar 15, 2017
    Lander University will be in a prime spot for viewing and recording the next solar eclipse, expected to occur across the continental U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017. Through a national research experiment known as Citizen CATE – Continental America Telescopic Eclipse – Lander is one of five university sites in South Carolina selected to be an official observation point.
  • 8 Facts You Should Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

    Feb 15, 2017
    Lander University is one of five official sites for South Carolina to be selected as an observation point for the 2017 solar eclipse.

eclipseImage of eclipse courtesy of Miloslav Druckmüller, Peter Aniol, Martin Dietzel, Vojtech Rušin