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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: South Carolina Eclipse Events

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in South Carolina may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Use this guide to learn more.

South Carolina


Solar Eclipse 2017 at the South Carolina State Museum - On August 21, 2017 Columbia, SC will be one of the best places to witness the Solar Eclipse of 2017. The South Carolina State Museum will be hosting a weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities, exhibitions and shows all leading up to solar eclipse totality which occurs at 2:41pm on Mon., Aug. 21.

SC State Museum Distance Learning Class - The South Carolina State Museum is preparing for this year’s total solar eclipse. One big goal for the museum is to make sure that teachers and administrators of schools in session on August 21, 2017 are prepared to offer a safe and educational experience for all students. A great way to prepare for the day is to participate in a free Boeing Observatory solar eclipse distance learning class. Consider using the remote access to the observatory to get ready for the big event at the beginning of the school year. 

University of South Carolina Physics and Astronomy Department - Eclipse day activities include weather balloon launch for atmospheric science by Dr. April Hiscox; solar telescope viewing stations around campus; live streaming of the NASA TV eclipse feed and presentations on the science and history of eclipses. 

"Solar Eclipses: the Dread and the Fascination" - Free Public Lecture by Dr. Sarbani Basu, a solar physicist and chair of the Department of Astronomy at Yale University (New Haven, CT), Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm. on the USC Columbia campus at the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (Room #101) in the Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene Street). 

iMAGINE STEM Festival - Join the Midlands’ first STEM festival! In partnership with the Columbia Fireflies, as part of a game ticket on August 21, 2017, ticket holders can experience hands-on STEM activities as they discover the connection between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and careers in South Carolina. The iMAGINE STEM Festival runs from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM followed by the Fireflies game against the Rome Braves. All action will stop so participants can view the totality of the eclipse! Tickets can be purchased through the Columbia Fireflies ticket office. 

Richland Library - On Monday, August 21, Columbia, South Carolina is set to experience two minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon. Because Columbia is the third largest US city on the center line of the "path of totality," Richland Library wants to help you gear up for the total solar eclipse.

There are a number of free programs planned in the coming weeks to get the whole family excited about and interested in space exploration, including:

Are you looking for solar glasses? They are a hot commodity. Get a free pair when you sign up for the 2017 Summer Learning Challenge. Richland Library also plans to hand out glasses the weekend before the total solar eclipse (August 19 & 20) at all of its locations - while supplies last. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email


Eclipse Science Ambassador Workshops, May - July 2017 -The College of Charleston Department of Physics and Astronomy, in partnership with the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math and the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, will conduct free eclipse-science workshops for students and their parents from schools in underserved communities from May through July. The students will construct a new type of user-friendly solar projection telescope and be trained in safe solar eclipse observation and the use of their telescope. The students set up eclipse observations in their local community or in one of the many locales around the county where our astronomers will be located. This activity is an American Astronomical Society Julena Steinheider Duncombe Mini-Grant Projects. Contact for more information.

Aerospace Engineering Camp - The Junior Aerospace Engineering camp introduces young engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, helicopters, and more. Price includes crafts, activities, admission, and a snack. (July 31 – August 4, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm each day.)  Reservations required.

Family Fun Event: The Great American Eclipse - Explore the incredible coincidences that contribute to this rare and spectacular event in a portable planetarium and through hands-on activities using a scale model of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Every month, the Charleston Museum offers a special Saturday program dedicated to providing an educational and exciting experience for the whole family. Each month the museum offers a different themed event including presentations and craft projects for children of all ages. (August 19, 2017 Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  

The Great American Eclipse - Be a part of history. View the Eclipse from the grounds of the Charleston Museum. Free eclipse glasses will be included with Museum admission and activities for children of all ages are available in the main lobby. (August 21, 2017 Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm)  

Get Eclipsed on Isle of Palms! - Without a doubt, Isle of Palms will be the perfect viewing spot to experience nature’s grandest spectacle! Stay on the island for an unforgettable experience. 

Beaufort Branch Library to Offer Two Free Solar Eclipse Events - All program attendees will receive complimentary viewing glasses designed to protect your eyes while observing the eclipse. Eclipse glasses will also be available while supplies last from August 17th - August 21st during normal operating hours.  Visit or call 843-255-6458 for more information on these events.

In Biblio Novitas podcast @ the Bluffton Library - Listen to the podcast at your convenience anytime beginning August 1st, then come to the Reference Desk to answer trivia about the podcast. Answer correctly to pick up a pair of free eclipse glasses! While supplies last. One pair per person. Available beginning August 1. Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way. Free. Contact info: 843-255-6507,

Keep Beaufort Beautiful - Join Rerun, the recycling mascot, for a fun-filled presentation about the importance of NOT littering and the importance of recycling. For All Ages. Free. Monday, August 7 at 2:00pm. Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910. Contact Information: 843-255-6510,

Eclipse movie @ the Bluffton Library - Watch a spaced-themed movie and pick up a pair of eclipse glasses. Glasses available while supplies last. One pair per person. Monday, August 14 at 10:00am. Free. Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way. Contact info: 843-255-6507,

Eclipse & Salsa - Solar Eclipse viewing party!  Join us for a craft, snacks, and other solar eclipse activities.  We will be live streaming the solar eclipse and we will have glasses for viewing the eclipse. Monday, August 21 at 2:00pm. For All Ages. Free. Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way. Contact info: 843-255-6510,

The Great American Eclipse Live Event - See the eclipse in Idaho, Wyoming and Kentucky before it hits South Carolina! Snacks provided. Glasses available while supplies last. One pair per person. Monday, August 21 @ 11:00am. Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way. Free. Contact info: 843-255-6507,


Roper Mountain Hosts Events for Rare Solar Eclipse - Roper Mountain in Greenville, SC is the place to catch this rare celestial event! Greenville County and parts of surrounding counties will be in the path of totality for this awe-inspiring eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017.  The rest of the Eastern United States will see only a partial eclipse.  This spectacular event will engulf Greenville at 2:38PM (EST) in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers a once in a lifetime celestial experience!

Friday “Starry Night” Full Dome Planetarium and Observatory - Roper Mountain Science Center special presentations and viewing opportunities are awaiting participants in the planetarium on Friday nights at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM (Closed April 14th). Shows include: Eclipse show, presentation on how to view the eclipse, and “Live” sky tonight presentation.

Eyes to the Sky: a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity Destination - Girl Scouts from across the United States will come together for a three and half day camping event. Girls will work with SC Engineers and learn about basic rocketry and construct their own rocket. They will spend time at Roper Mountain Science Center to visit the Planetarium and the Daniel Observatory for a special show. Girls will travel to Challenger Learning Center and experience life as an Astronaut followed by visiting the SC State Museum and Planetarium. The girls will finish their adventure by spending the day of the eclipse working in teams to build model Solar Eclipses and present their findings to the group. Girls will hike our Solar Eclipse field to set up camp, and prepare to view the solar eclipse in the path of totality! On their last night at camp, they will be presented with their own telescope or binoculars, and work with local Astronomers to learn how to use them as they spend their last night under the stars.

Eclipse Fest at Chattooga Belle Farm & Distillery - Located in Long Creek, South Carolina, lies directly in the "path of totality", the narrow region that will allow for a full 2.5 minutes of darkness beginning around 2:35pm. The farm, with its already breathtaking vista views, will be the perfect place to witness this once in a lifetime event. Join visitors from around the world as we celebrate with Food Trucks, Distillery Tours & Tastings, Music, Astronomy Talks, Star Gazing, Drum Circle, Fruit Picking, Crafts, Disc Golf, Yard Games and more!

Eclipse Over Clemson - Students, educators, and community members of all ages are invited to join Clemson’s College of Science in experiencing the eclipse on our campus. We’ve assembled the resources to improve understanding and awareness about the total solar eclipse. The on-campus planetarium is also open to the public by appointment.