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BJU Eclipse Experience

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Aug. 21 — 1–3 p.m.

Greenville, S.C., is one of the few places in the world where you’ll be able to see the 2017 total solar eclipse—when the moon completely blocks out the sun—and you’re invited!

Students in 7th-12th grades, their parents/guardians and schools, are invited to join us on campus for lots of hands-on science activities and fun, interactive observation. Due to the number of people, glasses may become subject to availability.

The next total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. won’t be until 2024. Come experience this unforgettable day with us!

We will be live streaming our event.


  • Use university telescopes equipped with solar filters to observe the eclipse and take pictures using your smartphone.
  • Experience a 360-degree sunset, and view the sun’s rarely-seen corona.
  • Do experiments to monitor air temperature, brightness levels, spectra, etc.
  • Learn about the scientific, historical and religious significance of eclipses from our science and Bible faculty members.
  • Get viewing tips and a play-by-play analysis so you don’t miss a thing.

Credit: NASA (Click for full PDF)

Safety tips and additional information

Learn more about the eclipse at

Event Details


Due to the number of people attending the event, arriving early is recommended. Guests can begin arriving at 11:30 a.m. Traffic personnel will be on hand at noon. There will be signage around campus giving directions as well. Lectures and booths will open at 1 p.m.

For those who arrive early, there will be campus tours given at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A multimedia presentation will be shown every thirty minutes starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon. The Kalmbach Room in the Dining Common will open at 11 a.m.


Parking is free and is available in the parking garage (See map) as well as any unreserved parking spaces around campus. Traffic personnel will be on hand to assist with parking and directions beginning at noon. Handicap parking will be available at the Activity Center.


The event will be held in and around our Alumni Stadium including the Activity Center and Bob Jones Academy. (See map) A webcast stream will be available in Rodeheaver Auditorium. In case of rain, there will also be a stream available in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.

Eclipse Glasses

Viewing glasses are free and will be available at three marked tents around the stadium. Registered guests may receive one pair per person. Distribution will begin at noon. Due to the number of people, glasses may become subject to availability. Our solar eclipse glasses meet the industry standard for safe viewing. If you have your own pair, you are welcome to bring them.

Campus Map

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, water bottle. Guests are welcome to bring blankets to sit on. There will be a designated area for those who wish to bring their own chairs.

Prohibited Items

Weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, coolers, aerosol cans, laser light pointers, pets (besides service animals)

During the Event


There will be activities including: hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities, experiments, lectures, BJU Press curriculum offerings, and robotics demonstrations beginning at 1 p.m. Specifics will be available in the event program.

The narrated portion of the event will begin at 2 p.m. in Alumni Stadium. Members from the Bible and science faculty will emcee the program. The booths will remain open for the entirety of the event. Totality will occur at approximately 2:38 p.m. The event will end at 3 p.m.

Video Screens

Three large LED screens will be available for your eclipse viewing experience. We’ll be broadcasting portions of NASA’s newsfeed as well. All of the activity on the LED screens will be also be shown inside Rodeheaver Auditorium for those that prefer to stay indoors.


A lunch vendor will be selling a limited number of lunches on a first-come, first-served basis. Bottled water/cold drinks, frozen treats and Eclipse Experience t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Cash payments are preferred.