The 67-mile wide path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse will pass over the campus of Western Carolina University at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, August 21. The Cullowhee campus will experience nearly 2 minutes of darkness that day, a phenomenon that will not return to western North Carolina for another 136 years. As August 21 is also the first day of classes, campus will not be open to the public for viewing, but we’ll be broadcasting the eclipse live as part of a 45-minute educational program featuring experts on the science, history and culture of the eclipse.
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We hope that visitors will take advantage of the many opportunities throughout Jackson County to witness the eclipse. Our friends in the travel and tourism industry are hard at work marketing this event, and they are planning a full weekend of activities leading up to the solar eclipse. Find out more at Jackson County's Total Solar Eclipse website.
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