Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017
Roper Mountain Science Center Eclipse Extravaganza - A Once-in-a-Lifetime Celestial Experience
Greenville SC is the place to be for an awe-inspiring total eclipse of the sun happening on Monday, August 21st at 2:38pm. For approximately 2 minutes, Greenville and parts of surrounding counties will be engulfed in darkness as the path of totality moves over our area.
Roper Mountain Science Center is offering three days of special events leading up to the solar spectacle at the Eclipse Extravaganza on Saturday August 19, Sunday August 20 and Monday August 21 from 10am to 5pm each day.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will enjoy hands-on activities throughout the Center. Make and take solar ovens, sun dials, paper plate sun catchers, sun prints using solar paper, solar bead bracelets, greenhouse, eclipse arts and crafts, and much more! Be amazed by our “Out of this World” stage shows and planetarium shows in the newly renovated T.C. Hooper Planetarium. Experts will be on hand with presentations and to answer questions about safe eclipse viewing and the science of the corona. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase eclipse glasses specially certified for solar observation. On the Living History Farm, experience ancient, interactive Cherokee storytelling with the PAIA Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of SC explaining the eclipse. Also, enjoy music from live bands powered using solar panels sponsored by SunStore Solar Energy Solutions.
On Eclipse Day, Monday August 21st, in addition to all of the other activities and shows, astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and assist with a safe viewing experience. Visitors on Monday 8/21 will receive eclipse glasses with their admission.
“We want everyone to know how lucky we are to be able to experience this amazing event without having to travel. The last time the mainland US was in the path of totality was in 1979,” said Michael Weeks, director of Roper Mountain. “Most of us will never have this opportunity again.”
“Tickets are already selling quickly,” added Weeks. “We have people buying tickets from Germany, France, and literally all over the world.”
Admission prices for Saturday and Sunday are $10 per person for ages 4 and up. Admission price for Monday is $25 per person for ages 4 and up. Children 3 and younger are free. RMSC members receive a $5 discount.
About Roper Mountain Science Center
Roper Mountain Science Center ignites our natural curiosity to explore and shape our world. The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers. Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 30,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center.