Solar Eclipse in Columbia, SC
The United States hasn't seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, and Columbia, SC will be a prime location to see the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017. Columbia will experience 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, one of the longest amounts in the nation for seeing the sun completely eclipsed. Plus, due to South Carolina's sunny summers, there's a good chance for clear skies in August. Start planning your trip for the great eclipse!
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Total Eclipse Weekend
The Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., initiative is spearheaded by a coalition of regional entities whose mission is to create an incredible, weekend-long experience for those witnessing the eclipse in our region -- the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast. Visitors and residents in the greater Columbia, S.C., region will enjoy a long weekend of eclipse-related activities hosted by area attractions, arts and culture organizations, restaurants, hotels, retailers, community groups and more. Stay tuned to the official Total Eclipse Weekend site for a look at all of the weekend happenings associated with the eclipse. Plus stay up-to-date with news and stories about why this is such a big deal by following @TotalEclipseCAE on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
South Carolina State Museum: Eclipse Headquarters
The South Carolina State Museum is going to be central to the city and region's eclipse festivities. Featuring an observatory with a 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope, an antique telescope gallery and a state-of-the-art planetarium, the museum offers plenty of astronomical fun to enjoy before the big event. The museum will also be hosting a number of activities and events surrounding the eclipse:
- Tours of the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Astronomy/Telescope Gallery
- Special shows in the planetarium
- Evening observing opportunities
- Solar Eclipse Soiree on Saturday, August 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Solar Eclipse Totality Party on Monday, August 21, from 12 to 4 p.m.