Total Solar Eclipse in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, Georgia
Why is this event special? This is the first total solar eclipse of the sun in the continental U.S. in 38 years. And, not since 1918 has there been a U.S. coast to coast path for a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017 a total eclipse will shadow a 65-mile-wide path through 14 states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the South Carolina coast. It is estimated that, weather permitting, 500 million people will stand in the moon’s shadow on that day. The entire event will touch the U.S. for only 1 hour, 33 minutes and 16.8 seconds – less time than a business lunch!
The path will arch over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see 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 is the very northeast corner of Georgia. The centerline path of the eclipse just barely touches the state in Rabun and Stephens counties. Clayton, Rabun Gap, and Dillard in Rabun County are located in the centerline of the path of totality. Totality will occur there at 2:35:45 PM and last for 2 minutes, 34 seconds. The entire event will take place over a couple of hours and viewers will have to wear protective eyewear. Only those in the path of totality can 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 will be the most viewed eclipse ever, due in part to our expansive highway systems making the event accessible to millions.
Here is what Eclipse2017.org has 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 are coming to America, because for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers. For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is 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!”
Dahlonega and Lumpkin County will be the entrance to the Path of Totality – or better yet, consider us on the “Cusp of the Path of Totality” – just around the corner (within a 30-minute drive) of places like Blairsville, and (a little further) Rabun County, which will be at thecenter for this once in a lifetime event.
What makes Dahlonega and Lumpkin County extra special for this event is the happy coincidence of the University of North Georgia being very much aware of the significance of this Solar Eclipse. Make your plans now to be in Dahlonega for the Solar Eclipse Weekend – August 18-21) Continue to check often this page as new events, Eclipse lodging packages, and special deals will be added frequently. We can’t wait to have you join us for an event celebration of a lifetime.
For more information on all the festivities happening here in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, please email David Zunker, Tourism Director at email@example.com or call 706-867-3767. Or stop by our Dahlonega-LumpkinCounty Chamber & Visitors Bureau (And Visitors Center) at 13 South Park Street, right on the Historic Dahlonega Public Square.
Sunday Educational Fun for All!
Come to UNG’s Dahlonega campus to learn about the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse.
UNG will host an afternoon with fun educational events free to the public.
These events are a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to learn about the Sun and astronomy, as well as prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse (occurring the next day on August 21).
Join us to:
- Experience intense, close-up images of the Sun on our Digistar 5 full-dome planetarium projection system.
- Learn how to safely view the Great American Solar Eclipse.
- Hear lectures from UNG professors on how eclipses relate to history, culture, and modern-day science.
- View the real Sun safely through telescopes (weather permitting).
May 3, 2017 by Edie Rogers
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will temporarily darken portions of north Georgia, and the University of North Georgia (UNG) has events planned in advance to help viewers have a safe and educational experience.
"The upcoming solar eclipse is a big deal because it's such a rare phenomenon. From parts of north Georgia, you will be able to see a total solar eclipse, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Dr. Lesley Simanton-Coogan, director of the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium at UNG and a lecturer in physics. "Any given location on Earth will only be in the path of a total solar eclipse roughly every 375 years. Even partial solar eclipses are not common, so the fact that most of the U.S. will be able to see at least part of the sun covered is giving rise to the nickname the Great American Eclipse."
UNG has two events planned, a workshop for K-12 teachers and an educational event for the public the day before the eclipse – both events are free. Educators can choose to attend one of two sessions at the Coleman Planetarium on either Saturday, May 13 or Saturday, Aug. 12. In addition to a planetarium show, UNG faculty members will lead educators through eclipse-related activities that they can use in their classrooms and provide resources for safe eclipse viewing and additional astronomy information.
Seating in the planetarium is limited, so educators are encouraged to register for a workshop by visiting the eclipse program website.
The public event on Sunday, Aug. 20 is a chance for community members and UNG students to learn about the eclipse, including a short planetarium show featuring real, close-up images of the sun. There also will be talks by UNG professors on eclipse-related topics such as the science, history and culture surrounding eclipses and the sun. Weather permitting, special telescopes will be set up for safe, direct viewing of the sun. Eclipse glasses also will be given to guests to take with them and safely view the eclipse the following day.
People should attend this event on the day before the eclipse to prepare for the eclipse the next day, Simanton-Coogan said.
"The Great American Eclipse will occur on a Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., with the moment of totality lasting only a few minutes and only from certain parts of north Georgia, Simanton-Coogan said. "Learning about the eclipse ahead of time, especially where to go to see the total eclipse, is the best way not to miss this brief and incredibly rare opportunity. It is also important to alert people to safe viewing practices before the event, as looking at the sun while it is partially covered is still dangerous to the eyes."
From May 19 until the big event, the weekly planetarium shows at UNG will feature the film "Solar Superstorms." The free, public shows begin each Friday at 8 p.m.; for information and directions, visit the planetarium website.