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Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties Around Charleston

In case you haven’t heard, a total solar eclipse will be happening on Monday, August 21st. Before heading out to watch this historical event, let’s brush up on a few facts about this really cool event. (Added bonus: you’ll be sure to impress all of your friends and family with your knowledge 🙂

A few facts about the solar eclipse:

  • A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.
  • The last time the U.S. saw a contiguous solar eclipse was in 1979.
  • The longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.
  • To see a total eclipse, you must be in a path of totality. This is approximately 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East. 
  • The total eclipse will end near Charleston, SC at approximately 2:48 p.m.

Tips for viewing:

  • Never look directly at the sun without proper protection, except during totality.
  • Many local places will be selling eclipse glasses (please note that sunglasses are NOT proper viewing glasses). To make sure that you are using the correct glasses, please check NASA’s Eclipse Eyeglass Safety document. 
  • Start planning for and preparing for where you will watch. Traffic is expected to be very heavy!

Where to see the solar eclipse around Charleston

Also, don’t miss out on snagging a Space Racers Eclipse Kit for your family to use before and during the big event. Read about how contributor Ashley used the kit with her son (and had so much fun!) and use promo code Mom1 for 10% off, valid until August 14th.

Additional eclipse resources

Stay safe and enjoy this historic event! 

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