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About the Eclipse 

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. 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, S.C., and Lander University’s campus lie directly in this path of totality.

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. Events and viewing locations open to the general public are being planned throughout the city of Greenwood. View a list of public events and locations.

Schedule of Events (Open to Students, Employees and Alumni)

11 a.m. --- Opening Convocation, Finis Horne Arena

Featured Speaker: Dr. Robert McLaren, Associate Director of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii

12-3 p.m. --- Rock Totality, Lander Front Lawn

  • Partial Eclipse Begins at 1:10 p.m.
  • Boxed Lunch: Meal Plan Swipe or $6 (Limited number available; first-come, first-served.)
  • DJ Fannie Mae
  • Caricature Artist
  • Eclipse Marshmallow Challenge
  • Create Your Own Eclipse
  • Coronal Chalk Drawing
  • Pinhole Projectors
  • NASA Livestreaming – Watch it live
  • Solar Projector
  • Inflatables
  • Eclipse Viewing
  • Citizen CATE

Important Eye Safety Information

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2:39 p.m. --- Totality in Bearcat Country

Totality in Greenwood, S.C., begins at 2:39 p.m. and lasts approximately 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

3-5 p.m. --- Post-Eclipse Student Pool Party, Sproles Outdoor Pool (Must have valid Student ID)

Music, Games and Popcorn

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