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 this page often as new events are added weekly.  We can’t wait to have you join us for an event celebration of a lifetime.  

To order tickets to the ‘OutASight’ Viewing Party at
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School go here.

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                           […]

‘Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – PARKING Information’

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by Teka

‘Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – PARKING Information’ Even though we are expecting large numbers for our viewing party at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School we have plenty of parking and a great shuttle service available for all our guests. At each of the parking lots you will pay your $5 per car parking fee.  Your shuttle […]

‘Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Teka

‘SOLD OUT’ Thank you for your interest and we hope you come Explore Rabun Soon! ‘Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’ Monday, August 21st – 11:00am – 4:00pm www.ExploreRabun.com Order your tickets to the viewing party HERE. Do you want to be in the Path of Totality for the 2017 Total Solar […]

Eclipse Lecture and Information session from Eclipse Experts at the Rearden Theater on the campus of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by Teka

Eclipse Lecture and Information session from Eclipse Experts at the Rearden Theater on the campus of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Sunday, August 20th – 5pm – 6:30pm www.RabunGap.org You don’t know much about what a Total Solar Eclipse is or why it is so significant to the world.  Here is your chance to come get all […]

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   Elvis is in the County! at Tiger Drive-In Saturday, August 19th Mark Eskew (aka Elvis) will be performing at the Tiger Drive-In on Saturday August 19th.  The theater opens at 7pm and the first movies starts at 9:30pm.  Elvis will perform from 7:30pm […]

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 Where are you watching the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  Take a look at this great website from Georgia State University and see what their physics and astronomy professors have to say. http://www.astro.gsu.edu/eclipse/ Georgia State University professor article and information about the Total Solar Eclipse. http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/august-21-2017-solar-eclipse-4-planets-bright-stars National […]

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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