The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017
August 21, 2017

Information provided by the Dupont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken

Planetarium shows related to the eclipse will be presented at the DuPont Planetarium leading up to the eclipse. See the planetarium schedule for details.

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Eclipse Series Images US Map Eclipse 2017

The moon will eclipse the sun for a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. South Carolina is a prime target for this special astronomical phenomenon.

Where should I go to view the eclipse?

The key to observing the eclipse is to be in an area within the region of totality. Totality is when the Sun is "totally" obscured by the Moon. Some total eclipse locations are listed in the chart above. For people in the Aiken/Augusta area, we recommend traveling to one of these areas (listed roughly west to east)

  1. Ridge Spring / Monetta
  2. Batesburg / Leesville
  3. Camp Gravatt - "Total Eclipse of the Pines" Event - Prepasses SOLD OUT. Limited space on day of event.
  4. Wagener
  5. Click for Map of Totality in South Carolina


Eclipse Viewing Times: Converted to EDT from U.S. Naval Observatory data
Times are given as Hour: Minute: Second for afternoon of Monday August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse SC Locations
Partial Eclipse SC Locations

Close is NOT Close Enough

A good rule of thumb is to be in a location that has at least 2 minutes of totality. In Aiken, SC the Sun will be 99.9% eclipsed. If you are a student and get that as a score on a test, it is great! However, for an eclipse, close is definitely not close enough.

For example:

So, travel into the path of totality. "Taste" that "bread;" go inside the "stadium;" and get into the "pool." Close Is Not Close Enough

Websites with Information on the Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

Webcasts of the Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Apps

“If, during the progress of a total [solar] eclipse, the gradually diminishing crescent of the sun is watched, nothing remarkable is seen until very near the moment of its total disappearance. But, as the last ray of sunlight vanishes, a scene of unexampled beauty, grandeur, and impressiveness breaks upon the view. The globe of the moon, black as ink, is seen as if it were hanging in mid-air, surrounded by a crown of soft, silvery light, like that which the old painters used to depict around the heads of saints. Besides this "corona", tongues of rose-colored flame of the most fantastic forms shoot out from various points around the edge of the lunar disk.” — Simon Newcomb. 1878. Popular Astronomy. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 252 (retrieved from U.S. Naval Observatory site)


Solar Eclipse Media Coverage Featuring RPSEC Staff

An educator workshop was held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

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