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Eclipse@FurmanAugust 21, 2017

Experience the Total Solar Eclipse

Furman University is hosting a free viewing of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21, at Paladin Stadium from 12-3 p.m. Most of the United States will see only a partial eclipse, but Greenville, South Carolina, falls directly within the eclipse's region of totality. Furman's spacious Paladin Stadium* offers the perfect place to view this rare sighting while enjoying live music and concessions with family and friends.

*Keep an eye on this website for event and inclement weather updates.



Eclipse enters SC in the afternoon


Minutes of total darkness over Furman


Percent sun obscuration in Greenville


Years since last total solar eclipse in U.S.

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Event Schedule and Activities

See a map of Eclipse@Furman activities.
10 a.m.
Guests arrive to campus for the #FurmanEclipse.

11:30 a.m.
The Paladin Stadium gates open. No lawn chairs are allowed inside the stadium.

Activities fair featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for all ages. The activity area includes paid concessions, special music and water stations. Furman sponsors activities focused on public health, fitness, eye safety, climate science and other topics. Community partners offer demonstrations on robotics, 3-D printing and more.

1 p.m.
Guests make their way into the stadium and to seating on the Visitor’s side for best eclipse viewing.

1:30 p.m.
All attendees are seated in stadium.

1:50 p.m.
Introduction by Furman University Associate Provost for Integrative Science John Wheeler.
Welcome by Furman University President Elizabeth Davis
Solar eclipse narration by Dr. David Moffett, professor and chair of Physics and Furman’s resident astronomer.

2:38 p.m.
Total eclipse! (Prepare for darkness).

3 p.m.
Closing remarks.


  • Parking and admission are free. No tickets are required. See Furman's campus map. See a map of Eclipse@Furman activities.
  • Guests are advised to enter campus from the front gate off Poinsett Highway. Parking attendants to assist starting at 11 a.m.
  • Please arrive early and enjoy one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.
  • Viewing glasses are free and will be will be available at the stadium entrance as supplies last, with distribution beginning at noon. One pair per person, and you must be present to pick up your glasses. If you have your own viewing glasses, you are advised to bring them. Protective eyewear (solar eclipse glasses) must worn at all times when looking directly at the sun.  However, this eyewear is not required at other times allowing glasses to be shared.
  • Restrooms (including handicap accessible) will be available inside and outside the stadium.
  • Sign language interpreters will be provided on each side of the stadium at the 20-yard line (scoreboard end). Handicap seating for those in wheelchairs and their companions is provided at the extreme right end of the stadium on the home side stands.
  • No pets are allowed in the stadium or activity areas, but service animals are welcome.
  • There will be security checks at the Paladin Stadium gates.
  • What to bring: comfortable clothing, sunscreen, water bottle. Free souvenir cups will be available while supplies last. There will be water stations at the event and bottled water will be sold at concessions.
  • What not to bring: weapons (this includes weapons accompanied by a valid CWP permit), alcoholic beverages, backpacks, large bags, coolers, aerosol cans, laser light pointers, bottles. Prohibited items discovered during security inspections must either be returned to their vehicle or discarded; they will not be held for later pick-up.
  • In case of storms that would necessitate stadium evacuation, guests will be asked to return to their vehicles. If you cannot reach your vehicle or do not have a vehicle on campus, please proceed to the nearest open building including Timmons arena, the Physical Activities Center or the Townes Science Center.

Furman would like to thank the members of the following Furman teams for their exceptional contribution of time, effort and resources to make this event possible:

Office of Academic Affairs
Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences
Collaboration for Community-Engaged Learning 
Conference and Events Services
Information Technology Services 
University Communications
University Police
Facilities Services
Athletic Department
The Paladin Regiment
Heller Service Corps
Volunteers representing 16 student organizations
Audio Solutions
EPI Event Partners
Barnes and Noble
Bon Appetit Management

The Eclipse in the News

Coming to Furman for the eclipse? Here’s what you need to know

On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse that extends from Oregon through South Carolina and will pass directly over the Furman University campus.

Bravo for Eclipse@Furman

Bravo listed the best eight places in the U.S. to “score an epic view” of the eclipse, and Greenville made the list.

Check out the Eclipse right here

On Aug. 21 the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina, which will mark the first time in 99 years that there has been a coast-to-coast eclipse.

Furman has big plans for solar eclipse on August 21

Because it’s been 99 years since the last one and there won’t be another one for the rest of the century, Furman University is treating the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 as the remarkable event it promises to be.

Read More The Eclipse in the News

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