If you ask a born and raised Southerner what’s so great about this region, there will be no hesitation (or short list of reasons) as to why this area is such
a charming, quaint place to reside. Smiling faces, beautiful places, friendly neighbors, united and diverse communities, small town charm…the list goes on and on as to why the South is such a great place to visit, raise a family, and retire. While South Carolina is known for landmark places such as the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, The Beacon Drive In in Spartanburg, and the SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach, did you know that there are many cities located in the Carolinas that provide the best view of the total eclipse? That’s right, you can take a gander at the heavens and beyond from the best seat in the house right here in the heart of Carolina.
On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse will be making its way across the beautiful Carolina sky and residents and visitors alike are invited to witness it up close and personal. The eclipse will begin in Oregon and leave the United States in the most heartwarming state of all, South Carolina. While an eclipse occurs anywhere from four to seven times a year, seeing it happen rsthand is a once in a lifetime experience. As long as the weather permits, a clear and complete view of the eclipse is expected to be seen from the furthest western point of South Carolina through the center of the state until it reaches the coast, making the Palmetto State a rather important eclipse destination, as it will be the closest spot within totality for at least 100 million United States citizens in the Atlantic Seaboard and Florida.
Viewers in Columbia will receive a sighting of two minutes and 30 seconds of darkness, while Charleston residents shall see one minute and 40 seconds. The eclipse will enter South Carolina at 2:36PM and will exit around 2:49PM. It has been approximately 38 years since the last total eclipse was seen within the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, with 1918 being the last time an eclipse cut across the entire U.S., and the next one after this year’s will not occur again until April 8, 2024. Cities in the pathway of the eclipse include Greer, Greenville, Easley, Laurens, Anderson, Greenwood, Newberry, Saluda, the Northern portion of Edge eld, Lexington, Orangeburg, Kingstree, Andrews, Summerville, Goose Creek, and the Southern portion of Georgetown.
With Columbia in the center of the pathway, this city is making a weekend celebration out of the eclipse, including attractions, arts and culture organizations (including a party at the South Carolina State Museum that features a 1926 refracting telescope, an antique telescope gallery, and a planetarium), and various events hosted by local restaurants, hotels, retailers, and community groups. Apollo 16 astronaut General Charles Duke will also be making an appearance on Eclipse Day (8/21). More information is provided on www.columbiacvb.com. Many other cities are already making plans for the event as well. Hotel and lodging packages that focus on the total solar eclipse are available at your local Convention and Visitors Bureau.
So ask yourself, what are your plans this August? Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Instead take part in what this great state has to o er. Book your trip to visit South Carolina now to see those smiling faces and beautiful places…a sight best seen amongst the stars.