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Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse



Don't forget your glasses! Get ready for the solar eclipse now by purchasing safety eye glasses! You CANNOT use sunglasses to safely view an eclipse. For more information about purchasing glasses, please visit: rpsec.usca.edu or eclipse.2017.nasa.gov/safety Glasses are selling out NOW so don't delay!


Other Eclipse Tips:

-Partial is not good enough.  If the area where you watch is not in totality, aka a partial eclipse, you will NOT be able to see the corona of the sun, one of the most important views during the eclipse.  To see the eclipse, you should travel to a location within the path of totality (where is the eclipse is 100%).  Williston is not within this path.  99% is not good enough.  Areas recommended by the Ruth-Patrick Science Center at USCA include:

  • Ridge Spring-Monetta
  • Batesburg-Leesville
  • Camp Gravatt (advance tickets required)

-Try to get to a location with at least 2 minutes of totality.  Including the locations above, towns and cities near Williston with at least 2 minutes of totality include:

-Be prepared.  Have an alternative site picked in case of bad weather or cloudiness.  Avoid Columbia! The city of Columbia is expected to double in size on the 21st.  Traffic will likely be a nightmare. Cell phone reception may be limited on the 21st due to the large number of people in our state.

-Learn with our students.  Our students will be completing a statewide eclipse curriculum.  Check out the blog at https://youtu.be/qc7MfcKF1-s and the NASA Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 site at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

-Can't find glasses?  Only ISO approved glasses can protect eyes for the eclipse (see safety information above).  But, there are several ways to watch the eclipse indirectly.  This means that you use an object to project an image of the sun on the ground (you do not look at the sun through the object).  Colanders are a great tool for this.  Check out other ideas on the NASA site.

-Can't travel on the day of the eclipse? NASA will be live streaming the eclipse all day on the 21st.  Check out their page for more information.