On August 21, 2017 the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years will occur.This eclipse will go straight through the Old 96 District.
- A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth.
- A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the Sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface.
- If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.
- After traversing the United States from Oregon in just 94 minutes, the Great American Eclipse of 2017 leaves the United States at, you guessed it, South Carolina.
- The Old 96 District will be a significant destination for the eclipse because it will be the nearest spot within the path of totality for at least 100 million Americans in the Atlantic Seaboard and Florida.
Length of Totality by Town
Abbeville County: Abbeville 2:12, Antreville 2:19, Calhoun Falls 1:20, Donalds 2:35, Due West 2:31, Lake Secession 2:12, Lowndesville 1:52
Edgefield County: Edgefield 1:31, Johnston 2:01, Trenton 1:37
Greenwood County: Bradley 2:00, Cokesbury 2:33, Cornonca 2:35, Greenwood 2:28, Hodges 2:32, Kirksey 2:16, Ninety Six 2:32, Troy 1:36, Verdery 2:21, Ware Shoals 2:37
Laurens County: Clinton 2:27, Cross Hill 2:37, Joanna 2:29, Laurens 2:30, Mountville 2:36, Princeton 2:37, Waterloo 2:37, Watts Mill 2:28
McCormick County: McCormick 1:05, Mount Carmel :58, Plum Branch :23, Willington :49
Lander University, in Greenwood, is one of five official sites for South Carolina to be selected as an observation point for the eclipse, through a national research experiment known as Citizen CATE (Continental America Telescopic Eclipse).
Greenwood in the Top 19
Greenwood, South Carolina in the Old 96 District is listed as one of 19 best places to watch the solar eclipse by Men’s Journal. We already love Greenwood, with a hip uptown, original festivals, and Lake Greenwood State Park. Greenwood is one of the closest spots to the center line of totality. 2:28 of total darkness makes Greenwood the place to be August 21.
It’s About Totality
Not to cast a shadow on things, but likening a partial eclipse to a total eclipse is like comparing almost dying to dying. I know that 48 percent totality sounds like a lot. It isn’t. You won’t even notice your surroundings getting dark. And it doesn’t matter whether the partial eclipse at your location is 48, 58, or 98 percent. Only totality reveals the true celestial spectacle: the diamond ring, the Sun’s glorious corona, strange colors in our sky, and seeing stars in the daytime.
Nature Will Get Weird
Depending on your surroundings, as totality nears you may experience strange things. Look. You’ll notice a resemblance to the onset of night, though not exactly. Areas much lighter than the sky near the Sun lie all around the horizon. Shadows look different. Listen. Usually, any breeze will dissipate and birds (many of whom will come in to roost) will stop chirping. It is quiet. Feel. A 10°–15° F drop in temperature is not unusual.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. You can purchase eclipse glasses and viewers or make your own. Follow additional safety instructions here.
Laurens Co. Library “Viewing on the Lawn–The Laurens County Library is excited about the upcoming eclipse. They are registered with the Space Science Institute to celebrate the eclipse in August. The Library will be hosting a “viewing on the lawn” on the day of the eclipse, and stressing safe viewing. They are located at 1017 W Main St, Laurens, SC 29360 and can be reached by calling 864-681-READ.
Downtown Laurens “Dark Side of the Moon”-See The Dark Side of the Moon in Laurens. The total solar eclipse isn’t the only thing catching eyes! Head down to the Historic Square in Laurens on Sunday, August 20th from 2:00pm-4:00pm to admire classic cars. The Pontiac Grand Prix and Palmetto Chapter are hosting a cruise in to celebrate the eclipse. The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will join them to hand out viewing glasses and inform guests of viewing sites around the county! Call the Chamber at 864-833-2716 for more information.
Finally Friday Main Street Laurens -Friday, August 18th- “Finally Friday” from 7-9 PM: Live music, extended shopping hours and dinner specials.
Solar Eclipse Experience at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site – Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will offer a program involving several stations where you can learn about the sun, the solar system and the eclipse. This program is available by pre-registration and admission to the program will be charged. This admission charge will provide you with a reserved parking space, a pair of viewing glasses, several ranger guided activities to participate in while waiting, and the opportunity to view the eclipse from the porch of the Visitor Center. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children.Don’t miss this eclipse event from noon -130pm
All American Eclipse Paddle–Hickory Knob State Park is offering a special eclipse paddle program. Paddle your way down Lake Thurmond to Baker Creek State Park. Watch the eclipse away from city lights, blanketed in nature! Solar viewing safety glasses will be included in the program cost. The Paddle runs for 11am-5pm on August 21. Don’t forget to make a reservation!
McCormick Public Library Total Solar Eclipse – View the total solar eclipse at the McCormick County Library. Receive free safety glasses to view the eclipse safely. The partial phase will start at 1:10pm and the total eclipse will be visible at about 2:40pm. The total eclipse will last about 1 minute. The event starts at 1:00pm.
All American Solar Eclipse Event – Head to Hamilton Branch State Park to learn more about solar eclipses – the science, history, and societal components of astronomical events. Join us for a couple hours before the eclipse for some fun and informational activities. Then check out the actual eclipse. The event is August 21 from 1pm-3pm. Get there early for a pair of eclipse glasses and a good parking spot!
“APosteclipse” Wrap up Party -Enjoy an after party at Inn on the Square. This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is offering live music, eclipse specialty drinks and “Inn the Dark” t-shirts, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Ninety-Six National Historic Site will have Solar Eclipse activities for the whole family on August 21 from 1:00pm-3:00p.m. Eclipse viewing and activities will take place at Star Fort Pond. More details to come.
Moon Pies – The Mill House will serve “Moon Pies” all day August 20 and 22 followed by “Movie at the Market” at sundown.
Uptown Market Viewing Party – Enjoy Interactive Corona Art Project and complimentary viewing glasses on Eclipse Day from 2:30pm-3:30pm at Uptown Market.
All American Eclipse Party – Come out to Lake Greenwood State Park and watch the spectacular solar eclipse with us! There will be a program led by rangers at 1:00pm, then enjoy the view as eclipse totality begins at 2:39pm. Buy your Eclipse Viewing Glasses in the Drummond Center. Do not miss this amazing experience!
Seeds in Space – The Arts Center of Greenwood will showcase artifacts from the “Seeds of Space Exhibit” on Sunday, August 20 from 3pm-7pm.
Splash in the Dark! The splash pad at Uptown Market, Greenwood will be open for play August 20 and 21 from 10am-7pm. The little ones can splash to their hearts content while you enjoy the eclipse activities in Uptown.
All-American Total Solar Eclipse at Calhoun Falls State Park – Join the fun August 21st at Calhoun Falls State Park from 1:00pm-3:00pm for a viewing party in the field behind the Tackle Shop. Enjoy crafts, games, and snacks! Safety solar viewing glasses are a must, so buy yours at the Tackle Shop. Get them early as supplies will be limited.