2017 Solar Eclipse in North Carolina

About the Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017 the entirety of North America will witness a total solar eclipse, a rare and exciting phenomenon where the moon orbits in front of the sun casting a shadow back onto Earth. The sky will go dark and it will feel like nighttime! NASA has gathered solar eclipse information and events happening around the country and DNCR has gathered a list of fun and educational events right here in North Carolina to view the eclipse with other spectators.

DNCR Solar Eclipse Events

Science Café: Day to Night and Back Again

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Daily Planet Café

Thursday, August 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Jon Pishney; jonathan.pishney@naturalsciences.org; 919-707-8083
Cost: Free
Parking:  Free parking on street and surface lots.

The Great American Eclipse

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center
Monday, Aug. 21, 2-3 p.m.
Contact: Chris Smith; christopher.smith@naturalsciences.org; 919-707-9956
Cost: Free
Parking: Paid parking in nearby parking decks; limited metered street parking.

Total Eclipse Viewing Festival

Gorges State Park, Sapphire, NC—in the “Path of Totality”
Monday, August 21, 5:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m,
Contact: Trisha Riddle 828-966-9099
Cost: Free
Parking: Free and limited—arrive early

Eclipse Events at State Parks

See a complete list of eclipse events at North Carolina State Parks.

Eclipse Party at NC Aquarium-Roanoke Island

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Monday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Link to Event 


Eclipse Viewing Tips

Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, offers some tips for viewing the solar eclipse.

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