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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Science, Glossaries, Maps & History

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.

Science, Glossaries & History

NASA Total Eclipse 2017 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) site that contains a wide variety of eclipse information, including Eclipse 101, events, science, activities, education and resources.​

Getting a Feel for Eclipses - NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute site explaining the science of the August, 2017 solar eclipse. The site's content is also available as a tactile book for the visually impaired.

National Weather Service - Each NWS office in the path of the eclipse has their own website on the eclipse. To find them, use the search box on the Weather Service's home page or search for eclipse weather in a particular area using an Internet search engine.

Glossaries and History

NASA Eclipse Glossary - Glossary of eclipse related terms in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese and French.

AAS Eclipse Glossary - Glossary of eclipse terms from the American Astronomical Society.

Astronomy Magazine's Eclipse Glossary - Astronomy Magazine glossary that includes diagrams and photographs.

Eclipse History - this NASA website provides information on historical accounts of eclipses.

Historical Eclipses - this website from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gives a list of historical solar eclipses.


World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths - this NASA website, developed by retired NASA scientist Fred Espenak, contains links to maps showing the tracks of historical eclipses throughout the World. It also contains links to a catalog of eclipses by century.

Maps of Solar Eclipses in North America - this NASA website contains links to maps showing the path of total and annular solar eclipses in North America from 1851 to 2100.

NASA Total Solar Eclipse Map - NASA's official map showing the path of the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017. 

NASA State Maps Showing the Total Eclipse - NASA developed a set of maps showing the path of totality across  each state.

NASA Interactive Eclipse Map - NASA's interactive map  showing the path of totality on a Google Map background. It can be zoomed so that  users can find  a place to view the total eclipse.

American Astronomical Society Eclipse Map - This map from the American Astronomical Society shows the path of totality and the extent of the partial eclipse in the United States.

Path of Totality AAS

Path of Totality in the Columbia area - the city center of Columbia, S.C., the 3rd largest city on the center line of the eclipse’s “path of totality,” will experience nce 2 minutes and 30 seconds of darkness, while areas within 10-15 minutes of the S.C. State House can experience up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness.  Two of our area’s most beautiful natural attractions, Lake Murray and Congaree National Park, are within or adjacent to the line of greatest totality.