Total solar eclipse to go directly over South Carolina on Aug. 21
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will have the opportunity to experience an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality will witness the moon pass between the sun and the earth, and the sky go dark in the middle of the afternoon. The path of totality will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina.
Many SCDNR Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Heritage Preserves fall within the eclipse's path of totality, but there will be no SCDNR-sanctioned solar eclipse events on these properties. If you do plan to view the eclipse on a SCDNR property, please see the SCDNR Interactive Solar Eclipse Map to easily locate which properties fall within the totality path.
The day of the eclipse, please join SCDNR at Spirit Communications Park for the Total Eclipse of the Park event! Our Diversity Outreach staff and archaeologists will have an interactive booth set up at the iMAGINE STEM Festival. Please visit the Total Eclipse of the Park website for more information and to purchase your tickets. We hope to see you there!
What is an eclipse?
An eclipse is an obstruction of light from the source of light and the observer. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the earth and sun during its orbit, resulting in the moon casting a shadow on the earth. A solar eclipse occurs once every 18 months, but is only visible in a small area of the planet.
What can I expect to experience during a total eclipse?
During a total solar eclipse, you will experience complete darkness. Additionally, you can expect to experience:
- A sudden drop in temperature
- The winds will briefly pick up
- Nocturnal animals will likely come out as the sky darkens
- Bright stars and planets will become visible in the sky
- As the sun reappears, song birds and other animals will be heard similar to daybreak
- People- lots of people! Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive of the path of totality. It is estimated nearly 1 million of them will travel to South Carolina for the event.
How can I safely view the eclipse?
- Always follow safe solar-viewing procedures. Failure to wear proper eye protection can burn your retinas and cause irreparable damage to your eyes.
- Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun without proper fitting solar eclipse glasses that meet or exceed ISO 12312-2. Sunglasses, even very dark glasses, are not safe for looking at the sun.
- Only remove your solar eclipse glasses during the period of totality. Once it is totally dark, it is safe to remove your glasses. Replace them as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear.
- Ensure that your solar eclipse glasses are not torn, scratched, or damaged in any way.
- To remove your glasses, turn away from the sun.
- Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars, even with solar eclipse glasses on.
- Ensure that all children under your supervision are following all safety guidelines.
Eclipse timetable for South Carolina
|Enters state||1:07 p.m. EDT|
|Totality begins||2:36 p.m. EDT|
|Totality ends||2:49 p.m. EDT|
|Exits state||4:10 p.m. EDT|
|Total centerline miles||251|
|Travel time||10 minutes|
|Average speed||1,505 miles per hour|
|Maximum duration||2 minutes, 38 seconds|
For more information about the eclipse, please visit NASA's Eclipse 2017 webpage.