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A crowd of visitors prepare for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse at Clemson.

‘Eclipse Over Clemson’ inspires awe, draws international attention

Clinton Colmenares
Media Relations

CLEMSON, South Carolina — Fifty-thousand people on the Clemson University campus craned their necks skyward at 2:37 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, to gaze at a natural phenomenon that hasn’t happened in the United States for 100 years: a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse.

A man readies his camera to photograph the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse at Clemson University.

Nearly all the United States and large parts of Mexico and Canada experienced part of the eclipse, but Clemson was about three miles from being in the exact middle of the 67-mile wide path of totality, the darkest swath of the moon’s shadow that fell on Oregon and trekked across mountains and prairies and South Carolina beaches before fading into the Atlantic Ocean.

Roiling thunderclouds threatened to dampen the spectacle in the hour leading up to the eclipse, but the clouds parted, the skies cleared and the moon crept slowly between Earth and the sun, 93 million miles away, like a moth floating in front of a flame.

“For many, a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and to experience this incredible phenomenon with our students and thousands of visitors was truly special,” Clemson President James P. Clements said. “I’m very appreciative of our faculty and our eclipse planning team, who shared their expertise and devoted considerable time over the summer in order to make Clemson one of the very best places in the country to view the eclipse.

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View the ‘Eclipse Over Clemson’ photo gallery

View the many images Clemson University photographers captured during this momentous event. View them in the slideshow below, or visit the “Eclipse Over Clemson” Flickr page.

About the ‘Eclipse Over Clemson’ event

The event was held: 1:07 – 4:02 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017
Totality start: 2:37 p.m.
Totality duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds

Clemson University is South Carolina's only top 25-ranked public research university that was in the path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse, which presented a rare opportunity to share this extraordinary scientific event with the public at large. Clemson made its scientists, experts and main college campus available to the public and the working press leading up to and on the day of the astronomical event.

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