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.

Total Solar Eclipse Over South Carolina on August 21, 2017

SCDNR Events

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.

Patial Eclipse - photograph courtsey of

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:

How can I safely view the eclipse?

Eclipse timetable for South Carolina

Event Time
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

Eclipse Details

Detail Measurement
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.