Total Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse Celebration in Rabun County, Georgia

A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth.  The moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet.  If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse.  If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.

Why is this event special? This is the first total solar eclipse of the sun in the continental U.S. in 38 years.  And, not since 1918 has there been a U.S. coast to coast path for a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017 a total eclipse will shadow a 65-mile-wide path through 14 states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the South Carolina coast.  It is estimated that, weather permitting, 500 million people will stand in the moon’s shadow on that day.  The entire event will touch the U.S. for only 1 hour, 33 minutes and 16.8 seconds – less time than a business lunch!

The path will arch over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse with the Moon covering about 4 percent of the Sun’s surface.   For Georgians, the only place to see the total eclipse in their state is the very northeast corner of Georgia.  The centerline path of the eclipse just barely touches the state in Rabun and Stephens counties.  Clayton, Rabun Gap, and Dillard in Rabun County are located in the centerline of the path of totality.  Totality will occur there at 2:35:45 PM and last for 2 minutes, 34 seconds.  The entire event will take place over a couple of hours and viewers will have to wear protective eyeware.  Only those in the path of totality can take their glasses off during the couple of minutes of totality.

Eclipse events draw scientists, astronomers, media and thousands of eclipse-chasers from all over the world.  Forecasters predict this will be the most viewed eclipse ever, due in part to our expansive highway systems making the event accessible to millions.

Here is what Eclipse 2017.org has to say about the schedule:

“People from all over the world begin to converge on the United States. Except for people returning home, visiting family, or conducting business at what happens to be just exactly the right time in history, these will be people who make it a point to travel to wherever the moon’s shadow is going to touch the earth, and position themselves in a spot carefully chosen – sometimes years in advance – to ensure they see the sight.

These people are coming to America, because for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers. For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to see the most beautiful thing on the planet, and maybe not even have to get on an airplane to get to it!”

Make your plans now to be here in Rabun County for our Total Solar Eclipse county wide party.  Continue to check often this page as new events, Eclipse lodging packages, and special deals will be added daily.  We can’t wait to have you join us for an event celebration of a lifetime.  

For more information on all the festivities happening here in Rabun County please email Teka Earnhardt at Teka@ExploreRabun.com or call 706-212-0241.

‘OutASight’ Total Solar Eclipse Gear: Shirts, Caps, Visors, & Glasses

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Teka

‘OutASight’ Total Solar Eclipse T-shirts Get your ‘OutASight’ Total Solar Eclipse Souvenir Gear now.  Your Eclipse t-shirt & Cap or Visor will keep this fabulous experience in your memory for years to come. Shirts are $15 each plus S&H. Sizes: Adult Small                           […]

Events Happening for the Total Solar Eclipse in Rabun County, Georgia

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Teka

Events Happening for the Total Solar Eclipse in Rabun County, Georgia   Andy’s Trout Farm – Solar Eclipse Family Friendly Fun AUGUST 19-21 www.AndysTroutFarm.com Saturday 10-6 Sunday. 12:30-6 Monday 10-6 Square Dance and Fish Fry–Saturday 6-9 Out of Sight Activities for Family Fun include: Trout Fishing-Pay by the pound–Pole rental fee waived Gem Mining-$4.00 Guided hike […]

Informational Websites about the 2017 Total Eclipse across America

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Teka

Informational Websites about the 2017 Total Eclipse across America National Eclipse Website – showing all events across the USA with Rabun County being listed as a main event venue. http://nationaleclipse.com/events.html 25 Facts You Should Know about the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by Michael Bakich This is a very interesting article giving the layman […]

Lodging Special – Beechwood Inn Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 – Sold Out – Taking a Waiting List

Posted on June 5th, 2016 by Teka

Lodging Special – Beechwood Inn Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 Our North Georgia Mountains will offer the only viewing location in Georgia. Viewing the Great American Eclipse from Beechwood Inn’s Mountain location will be the experience of a life-time. And even better, Beechwood Inn’s protected private location means no crowds. August 19 – 21, 2017 […]

Lodging Special – Defining the Destination for an awesome Eclipse at the York House Inn – SOLD OUT – Taking a Waiting List

Posted on June 8th, 2016 by Teka

Lodging Special – Defining the Destination for an awesome Eclipse at the York House Inn – SOLD OUT Book now for our two night package August 20 and 21st, 2017. Date of eclipse is August 21, 2017, start 1:07pm. Totality at2:35 pm and ends at 4:01 pm.  Enjoy two nights and enjoy the benefits. Sunday night arrival […]

Lodging Special – Rabun Manor – Sold Out – Taking a Waiting List

Posted on February 28th, 2017 by Teka

Lodging Special – Rabun Manor  Book now for our two night package, Saturday  August 19-Monday August 21. Enjoy two nights with the benefit of expert Dr. Keith Bechtol for a Q and A at our Sunday  wine and cheese, evening dinner on Saturday and Sunday, breakfast each morning,  tee-shirts, protective viewing glasses.  Free parking and […]

Lodging Special – Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 – Kingwood Resort

Posted on June 7th, 2016 by Teka

Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 – Kingwood Resort Kingwood is offering packages for this amazing event. Flexible Check in and Check Out dates Package available August 18 – 22, 2017 Packages include: August 19 Meet and Greet beginning at 5:30 pm to include wine, appetizers, T-Shirt and Eclipse Map. Saturday Evening Gourmet Farm to […]

Lodging Special at River Vista RV Resort for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by Teka

Lodging Special at River Vista RV Resort for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Enjoy our Solar Eclipse Special!! Stay 3 nights get the 4th night Free Cabins included! August 18-23rd  are the available dates Friday: 6 pm Wine & Cheese Meet Enjoy a Documentary film on the history and science behind a solar eclipse     […]

Lodging Special at the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant

Posted on January 29th, 2017 by Teka

Lodging Special at the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant Please join us at the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant for the event of the year! Our package includes a two night stay, $70 restaurant allowance, admission in to the Total Eclipse Viewing Party event held at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School campus on Monday, August 21 […]

Lodging Special with the Dillard House

Posted on January 15th, 2017 by Teka

Lodging Special with the Dillard House Total Eclipse Extravaganza Experience a once-in-a-lifetime event while viewing the Solar Eclipse from The Dillard House lawn. Enjoy a 2-night package which includes free breakfast and solar glasses! Feast on a BBQ lunch with delicious sides for $15.95 before the eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse of […]

Map of Path of Totality across the United States

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Teka

Map of Path of Totality across the United States Take a look and see that Rabun County, Georgia is the prime location to be in the path of totality. Map provided by NationalEclipse.com

Thank you to our Sponsors

Posted on November 20th, 2016 by Teka

Thank you to our Sponsors We are so thankful for the following businesses for being a sponsor for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  Be sure to check them out when you are looking for their type of business.    www.BeechwoodInn.ws     Community Bible Church of Sky Valley www.ExploreRabun.com/Dillard-Market/             […]

What is a Total Solar Eclipse? – A simple explanation

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Teka

What is a Total Solar Eclipse? – A simple explanation by Nolan Leake                   

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Rabun Tourism Development Authority
Teka Earnhardt
184 South Main Street Suite 136
P.O. Box 788
Clayton GA 30525
(706) 212-0241

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