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

The path arched over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Everyone in the continental U.S. saw 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 was the very northeast corner of Georgia.  The centerline path of the eclipse just barely touched the state in Rabun and Stephens counties.  Clayton, Rabun Gap, and Dillard in Rabun County were located in the centerline of the path of totality.  Totality occurred there at 2:35:45 PM and last for 2 minutes, 34 seconds.  The entire event took place over a couple of hours and viewers had to wear protective eye ware.  Only those in the path of totality could 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 would 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 had 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 came to America, because for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse occurred in our great country, and we played host to the world’s eclipse-chasers. For those of us who already live here, but had never seen an eclipse, this was 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!”

‘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                           […]

‘Photos of the OutASight Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party’

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Teka

‘Photos of the OutASight Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party’ CLICK HERE to view some photos and videos from the wonderful ‘OutASight’ Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. It was a wonderful day that created memories and experiences that will be remembered by all for a lifetime. Join us now in going back […]

‘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 Were you here with us in the Path of Totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?  If so, the only place in Georgia […]

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.  This was 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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