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Great American Solar Eclipse: How to Celebrate Here

One Month and Counting: The Great American Solar Eclipse will be visible from everywhere in North America as it makes its way directly over Salem, Oregon across the country and over Charleston, South Carolina.

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, the dark shadow of the moon will sweep coast-to-coast across the United States, putting 14 states in the path of totality and providing a spectacular view of a partial eclipse across all 50 states. 

Check out the map of the eclipse path to see just how close you’ll be to the moon’s shadow!

There are several local events leading up to the big day, two in Beaufort, which is the one of closest cities in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to the Solar Eclipse, which will be directly over Moncks Corner, SC at 2:47 p.m.  Beaufort will have the opportunity to witness up to 98-percent coverage of the Sun!

-Event Name:  Solar Eclipse 101
Short Description of the event: Join us for an overview of the eclipse including why they happen and how you can be safe and get the most out of your eclipse viewing experience. For adults and families.
Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of the Event: Free
Contact Information: 843-255-6458
Website: Beaufort County Library

-Event Name:  Dramatic Essay Reading: Annie Dillard’s “Total Eclipse”
Short Description of the event:  In anticipation of the eclipse, please join us on Wednesday, Aug. 16 for a dramatic reading of Pulitzer – prize-winning author Annie Dillard’s essay “Total Eclipse” as performed by professional actress Maggie Worsdale of the Traveling Literacy Theater.
Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.
Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of the Event: Free
Contact Information: 843-255-6458
Website: Beaufort County Library
*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 Aug. 17-21 during normal operating hours.

-Join Children’s Librarian Miss Maryann for a special S.T.E.A.M. program all about August's solar eclipse. At 2:30 p.m. we will wear our special glasses outside and observe the eclipse as it happens. Ages 5 and up.
Time and Date of Event: Monday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.
Price of Event: Free
Contact information: 912-629-5070
Website: Garden City Library

Several other public libraries in our viewing area will be providing special glasses to watch eclipse safely including the Rincon Live Oak Library, Statesboro-Bulloch County Public Library, Three Rivers Regional Library in Jesup, Hardeeville Community Library, Ohoopee Regional Library in Vidalia, Bull Street Library, Port City Library, Ogelthorpe Mall Library, Southwest Chatham Library, and Springfield Library.  More libraries may be added within the next month, so please use keep checking back. 

Not sure if you are getting your glasses from a reputable vendor? You can look at this website for a list of reputable brands and dealers.


The Total Eclipse will pass through South Carolina at approximately 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., closely following the route of Interstate 26, before exiting the nation at the South Carolina coast. Its 100-mile-wide path of totality, total darkness to communities for about 2.5 minutes, is expected to cover three of South Carolina’s major cities: Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. Some say that more than one million people will come to the Palmetto State to celebrate the event.

Duane Parrish, Director of SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism says, “Our destinations have big plans to keep the crowds busy.  On the schedule are special events ranging from science seminars in museums and planetariums, viewing parties at baseball fields, sci-fi movies in theaters and tailgates at major attractions.  State parks are often the best places to see clear skies, and they will live up to their reputation by offering guided hikes and themed events during the eclipse weekend.”

Some Georgia state parks are participating with watch parties including Fort Frederica National Park on Saint Simons Island. Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last. The Golden Isles will experience 90-percent of the eclipse, meaning a 10 percent crescent of the sun will still be visible.

This is the most accurate information from NASA showing maps, times, and safety for viewing The Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. 

You can enter your address HERE and it will tell you how long you'll see the eclipse. It'll even tell you if you won't see the totality.

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