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Solar Eclipse Celebrations in Durham and Nearby

The first total solar eclipse in the 48 states in 38 years and the first total solar eclipse visible from the North and South Carolina since 1970 will be August 21, 2017!  You may want to travel to Western North Carolina or Upstate South Carolina to view the full solar eclipse or stay at the Arrowhead Inn in Durham, NC to still view the solar eclipse at 93% coverage at the Solar Eclipse Celebration at Duke University’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Whatever your preference, there are some important details you should know.

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What’s The Big Deal?

A total solar eclipse is an awesome sight! It is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons. When the solar eclipse is total, it turns dark in the daytime, the temperature goes down, birds quiet and the Sun’s corona and bright stars and planets become visible. Western North Carolina and most of South Carolina, along with other places across the U.S. in the lie in the path of totality. Here in the Durham area, we will not experience the full solar eclipse, but we will get almost the same effects as we are expected to have a 93% coverage.

The Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill has a great site with lots of links and details about the 2017 Solar Eclipse, including viewing sites and celebration parties, like the one being held at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.

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Solar Eclipse Safety

You should never view a solar eclipse by directly looking at the sun.  Rather, you can wear approved, official eclipse glasses or make your own viewer. Find out more on how to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely and overall Eye Safety.

Solar Eclipse Special at Arrowhead Inn For August

Be sure to BOOK our Solar Eclipse Special for any new reservation made at our Inn for the month of August. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this extraordinary solar event!