NC High Country Solar Eclipse

The NC High Country Solar Eclipse will not be a full eclipse. The Boone, NC, Blowing Rock, NC, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Beech Mountain and the High Country Blue Ridge Parkway area will have a 96% solar eclipse.  Remember not to view the eclipse without proper eye wear, filters or a solar viewing device.  You may be able to get a pair of solar eclipse glasses at a local event, view the solar event with a special telescope on site, or you can make your own solar eclipse pinhole camera to take with you and insure you have a way to view the eclipse.  CLICK HERE to view NASA’s instructions on creating a solar eclipse pinhole camera.

The ingress, the first sight of the Moon on the solar disk, will appear at 1:10 p.m. The greatest coverage, which will occur at around 96 percent coverage, will happen at 2:36 p.m. and the egress, when the Moon completely leaves the solar disk, will happen at 4:01 p.m.


On Sanford Mall, faculty from physics and astronomy along with their students will set up telescopes for safe solar viewing and to answer questions about the day’s event. To safely view the eclipse, the College of Arts and Sciences will be handing out solar viewing glasses to all members of the campus or community who participate.

Between 1 and 4 p.m., the live feed from Sylva will be viewable from Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union, as well as on the College of Arts and Sciences website at Also in this room, faculty member Dr. Courtney McGahee will set up a portable planetarium. A planetarium is a theatre-style dome built to present a projection of stars, planets and other celestial objects that can be made to appear and move realistically to simulate the night sky. These opportunities will be available rain or shine.

Parking is available for community participants in the River Street Parking Deck and metered parking is available on King Street in downtown Boone.

Solar Eclipse Party

Visit Grandfather Mountain to view one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events! The Nature Museum will host arts and crafts activities for kids, solar-themed snacks and face-painting. At 1:30 p.m., bring your solar eclipse glasses to the Mile High Swinging Bridge for an unabated view of the partial solar eclipse. The rocky summit of Grandfather Mountain is naturally devoid of trees and offers panoramic views — to infinity and beyond! Only a limited number of solar eclipse glasses will be available for purchase on the mountain. As such, those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own.

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Join us for a solar eclipse viewing party! Pick up your solar glasses at the youth services desk at 12:30 PM, then meet us on the front lawn for the beginning of the eclipse at 1:09 PM! Feel free to bring a lawn chair and food, we will hope for clear skies. There will be crafts for the kids, including creating galaxy slime. Please note, the supply of eclipse glasses is limited.

Join the park ranger for this unique afternoon solar eclipse program. We will enjoy the mountain’s breathtaking visits as we learn a few fun facts about the sun and the eclipse on this special day. Note: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area is not in the path of totality for this eclipse.  2:00pm @1st Overlook (Sunset Overlook)

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