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Event Watch: Experience a Rare Solar Eclipse in WNC


Event Watch: Experience a Rare Solar Eclipse in WNC

A rare celestial phenomenon will be visible from several Western North Carolina counties - all within an hour's drive from Asheville - on August 21st, 2017 and you won't want to miss the show! Join thousands of visitors to the area to experience a mid-day Total Solar Eclipse from the beautiful vantage point of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 
What
This rare astronomical event during which the Earth, the moon, and the sun line up so that the moon completely blocks the sun, will bring thousands of people from around the world to our corner of the state. The eclipse will last for a full minute and 47 seconds - beginning at 2:36 PM - during which time the afternoon will be plunged into darkness and the sun's atmosphere (or corona) will be visible and the stars will blink into view. This is the first total solar eclipse visible to the contiguous United States in 38 years. It is also the first total eclipse exclusively visible from the United States since prior to the nation's founding in 1776. 
 
This event is made even more special as, for the very first time in history, the eclipse will pass over a NASA-built astronomical research facility fully equipped with the tools and telescopes to view and study the event. PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) is located near Brevard, NC (just a short drive from Asheville), and it is one of many hidden gems in our area. A non-profit educational and research center, PARI is composed of 30 buildings and is located in an area protected from light pollution and radio interference. 
 
Where
Because Western North Carolina will have a front row seat to this event, there are many places in the mountains to witness the eclipse. PARI is currently selling a limited number of tickets for visitors looking to witness the sight from their facility deep in the Pisgah National Forest. Many eclipse-watchers will also choose to hike one of the many summits in our mountains to enjoy a nature-immersive experience. Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky National Park will be a popular choice for many. The summit and tower will be open to those that purchase tickets in advance - only 1,325 tickets will be sold - and those that land a spot will be rewarded with a sight like no other. 
 
Accommodations
Staying in the area will be key to fully enjoying this once in a lifetime event. Staying in a Vacation Rental in the mountains will bring your experience to the next level. Carolina Mornings has dozens of Vacation Rentals in and around the Asheville area - each one unique. Traveling with the extended family? Check out Lake Serenity - a 6 bedroom stunner located in Brevard, NC. This 3 story, pet-friendly home boasts a private lake, a spacious interior, a lakeside fire pit, multiple outdoor entertaining areas, and more. 
 
To begin planning your August trip to the mountains to experience the Total Solar Eclipse, contact Carolina Mornings at (855) 398-0712. A professional Vacation Planner will assist you in lining up your accommodations while our Experience Planner helps you polish up your itinerary. Be sure to ask about the best eclipse viewing locations, local attractions, and our Mountain Discovery Pass!
 
By: Dana Carrico