Sasee Looks Up! (While Wearing Extremely Stylish Eclipse Glasses)

By Leslie Moore

On August 21st our community has the opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse in 26 years. This heavenly event will begin in Oregon, and then sweep the country, giving most people in South Carolina at least a partial view. An approximately 70 mile wide band will see at least a few seconds of totality, with the longest duration at the midpoint of the swath.

According to www.eclipse2017.org, this is an event you will not want to miss! Even if you’ve seen a partial solar eclipse, it is not nearly as exciting as being in the path of totality. A solar eclipse is when the moon goes between the Earth and the Sun, and its shadow hits the Earth. If you’re in that shadow, you see the eclipse.

To learn more about this “quirk of cosmic geometry,” visit www.space.com for lots of fascinating details. But, in a nutshell, expect daylight to turn to twilight and the temperature to drop rapidly. When the last sliver of light from the sun is covered, the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. The corona is far from an indistinct haze; you may see great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky. This will be an awe-inspiring experience!

For all of us along the Grand Strand, the closest place to be in the path of totality is Pawleys Island, located on the outer edge of the path of totality with 39 seconds of darkness. Drive on to Georgetown and you will witness 1 minute and 46 seconds.  Just a few more miles down the road, McClellanville has the longest duration in our immediate area with a whopping 2 minutes and 33 seconds of totality.

All the information you will ever want and more is available online – www.eclipse2017.org has a page just for South Carolina, listing events and information to make finding the best viewing spot easy!

DO NOT forget your eclipse glasses. You could permanently damage your eyes looking at the sun during its travel across the moon’s shadow. Sunglasses WILL NOT protect your precious eyes! If you haven’t ordered them – do it now.

Sasee has found a few fun places to witness this celestial show off!

The Waccamaw Branch Library in Pawleys Island will feature live streaming, photographers with special lenses and other activities within the library. You must reserve a spot ahead of time to receive free eclipse glasses.

In Georgetown, The Kaminski House Museum is hosting an eclipse event from 1-4 pm. There will be special viewing and streaming of the NASA Coverage of the eclipse on the lawn of the museum, along with music and cold beverages. Admission is $10.

There are several other public areas in the Georgetown area perfect for the eclipse experience. The Old Bridge Fishing Pier is between the bridges coming into Georgetown from Myrtle Beach. The Harborwalk, located along Front Street is another good spot, and Morgan Park has wide open fields and lots of parking.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Park is a few miles past Georgetown heading toward McClellanville. They are hosting a free public viewing event with rangers to answer questions and possibly a food truck. Visitors are encouraged to bring food, water and chairs.

A trip to Bull Island located in the Cape Romain Wildlife Reserve would give you the honor of being one of the last people to see this event on American soil. Public tours are already booked, but if you have a boat, this is a great day to put it in the water!

Look up while visiting Blue Pearl Farms in McClellanville.  This small teaching farm is offering a camping package complete with meals and eclipse glasses!

Farther south, Awendaw Green is hosting a Total Eclipse Barn Jam. BYOB and enjoy some great tunes! A $10 donation is requested.

Wherever you decide to go, Sasee encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the amazing, heavenly show!

Here are the start times for each area mentioned:

Pawleys Island – Partial eclipse starts at 1:18 pm, with totality at 2:47 pm

Georgetown – Partial eclipse starts at 1:17 pm, with totality at 2:46 pm

McClellanville – Partial eclipse starts at 1:17 pm, with totality at 2:46 pm

Find exact times for other areas on www.eclipse2017.org.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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3 Responses to “Sasee Looks Up! (While Wearing Extremely Stylish Eclipse Glasses)”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    St. Louis is supposed to have great viewing. Hotels are sold out for miles and miles around, into other neighboring states.

  2. Rose Ann says:

    Great information! Looking forward to this celestial event!

  3. Erika Hoffman says:

    I hear welders’ glasses work too as eclipse glasses.

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