While the total solar eclipse in August is still months away, some South Carolina communities are already announcing festivals and watching events, and eclipse-watchers are buying up rentals on eclipse weekend.
This summer's eclipse is a rare event, offering a total eclipse of the sun in 14 states, with the path of totality passing through five southern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
The total eclipse will be visible from Oconee County to the coast, moving diagonally from the northwest to the southeast across the entire state, crossing dozens of cities and communities in its path. The tiny town of Central, S.C. will see the sun fully eclipsed by the moon for the longest of any S.C. city: two minutes and 38 seconds.
If you want to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event, totality is passing through these S.C. cities, according to eclipse2017.org.
The following cities are already planning special events:
- Anderson County plans an eclipse party.
- The MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston plans a ticketed watching event.
- The city of Columbia will hold a Total Eclipse Weekend.
- Harleyville is hosting eclipse events, including a viewing area sponsored by the Audubon Society of South Carolina.
If you want to travel to see the eclipse, keep two things in mind: hotels and other overnight rentals are already selling out in some areas along the path of totality, and if the weather is cloudy, you might need to drive to another city to see the eclipse clearly.
Check out an interactive map of the path of totality here.