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Where to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Georgia

  • Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

"The Great American Eclipse" will attract all ages to view this rare astronomical phenomenon that will occur in Rabun County, Georgia, on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 2:35 p.m. In total, this will be approximately a three-hour event. The moon will slowly move across the face of the sun and at total coverage will provide a dusk-like darkness. Then, you will see the moon slowly move to uncover the sun again. Rabun County will experience the second longest duration of totality as the shadow moves across the United States.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School athletic fields
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School athletic fields

The viewing area for the eclipse will be on the athletic grounds of the campus of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, located at the northern end of the county on 441N between Clayton and Dillard, Ga. On the day of the event, there will be food vendors, a live band, two large LED/jumbotrons connected to the NASA coverage of the progression of the eclipse across the U.S., handicap parking, and souvenir items such as commemorative medallions and t-shirts available for purchase.

The Rabun County Tourism Development Authority has partnered with the Astronomy & Physics Department of Georgia State University (GSU) to make this not only a fun-filled "OutASight" day but a wonderful educational experience, as well. Six of the GSU professors will be on-site giving talks about what an eclipse is and the importance of studying them. Many graduate students will be leading hands-on experiments showing just how exciting science can be. 

Admission is $5 per person. which includes limited on-site parking and a pair of eye protection glasses. There will be off-site parking with shuttle services for overflow.

For those traveling farther than a day trip, there will be other events planned the two days prior to Monday’s eclipse in several surrounding communities, including wine tastings, a golf tournament, square dances, scavenger hunts and bluegrass shows.

Located in extreme Northeast Georgia, Rabun County borders North Carolina, and 20 minutes south, the Chattooga River divides Rabun County from South Carolina. Hiking, whitewater rafting, biking and other outdoor sports surrounded by the oldest mountains on Earth, the Appalachians, provide plenty of memorable experiences. Designated as Georgia's Farm-to-Table Capital, Rabun County is home to many delicious, healthy eating establishments.

As this type of phenomenon occurs only every 375 years in one exact location, it is an event that shouldn't be missed! Go to ExploreRabun.com/Total-Eclipse for more details and information. If you have questions, email Teka Earnhardt, executive director for the Rabun County Tourism Development Authority at Teka@ExploreRabun.com.

Cathy Turner

Cathy Turner is on the Rabun County TDA’s Solar Eclipse Coordination Committee, which is organizing the events for the Total Solar Eclipse in Rabun County on August 21, 2017. Cathy witnessed a total solar eclipse in 1970 and is excited to be able to see another in her lifetime. "When it becomes dusk in the middle of the day and you stare up at a black disk where the sun should be, that image becomes ingrained. It is an experience you will NEVER forget."

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