2017 Total Solar Eclipse

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States, beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. It is known as the Great American Eclipse, as it will be the first total solar eclipse exclusive to the United States since 1776. And it is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. This will be a fantastic celestial event that everyone should experience.

During the coming year, we will be announcing speakers, events, and other plans that will be related to the solar eclipse. Asheville will only experience a 99% eclipse (We are just outside the path of totality.), so it will be important that the local community understands where they can view the eclipse and, more importantly, how they can view it safely. Since Asheville will not be in the path of totality, the eclipse can only be safely viewed using proper eye protection, specifically specially filtered glasses.

Stay tuned to this page as this is where we will post updates on our plans and continue to keep you informed about this amazing experience to come! If you have any questions about the eclipse, please call Lookout Observatory at 828.250.3958 or email lookout@unca.edu.

The countdown has begun!