The cover of "Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget"

Clemson University Press

CLEMSON — “Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget,” a commemorative book about the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, debuted Monday, just in time for the holidays.

It is expected that customers who preordered the book, which was produced by Clemson University’s College of Science, will receive their copies by mid-December. Anyone else interested in purchasing the book in time for a pre-Christmas arrival should order as soon as possible. However, Clemson University Press cannot guarantee a pre-Christmas arrival.

The book can be ordered directly from Clemson University at clemson.edu/eclipse, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and several other online vendors.

This is a view of the crowd from the main venue on the campus of Clemson University as totality approached on Aug. 21.

This is a view of the crowd from the main venue on the campus of Clemson University as totality approached on Aug. 21.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

“Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget” chronicles one of the most extraordinary days in Clemson University’s storied history. It contains chapters from scientists, naturalists, psychologists, media relations experts and even novelists. It also includes a poem – written specifically for this book – by renowned Southern author Ron Rash. There are more than 100 full-color images of the eclipse and the crowd taken by a team of talented photographers.

Clemson University, which was located almost dead-center within the path of totality, turned out to be one of the most popular places in the nation to view the eclipse. About 50,000 people came to campus that day to witness the rare celestial event. More than 25 local, national and international media outlets also attended. People who attended may even find themselves in some of the photographs.

At Clemson, the eclipse started at 1:07 p.m. (EDT). Totality began at 2:37 p.m. and lasted, coincidentally, 2 minutes and 37 seconds. The eclipse ended at 4:02 p.m. It was hot and humid, but the sky was mostly clear throughout the day – and it was crystal-clear during totality, producing one of the most spectacular views seen anywhere by anyone.

The sun glowed near the start of totality over the Tiger statue near Gate 1 at Memorial Stadium.

The sun glowed near the start of totality over the Tiger statue near Gate 1 at Memorial Stadium.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

As a public service, Clemson University’s College of Science chose to make “Eclipse Over Clemson” a free event. The eclipse team even handed out tens of thousands of free solar glasses. The goodwill this helped create turned out to be priceless.

People cheered. People chanted. People cried. Relive the magical day by ordering “Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget.”

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the College of Science and Clemson University Press.

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