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Be Prepared for the Solar Eclipse!

Posted By: Brad Thompson In: Charleston Events
Date: Wed, Aug 16th 2017 11:54 am

The total solar eclipse of 2017 is almost upon us and it’s time for residents of the Lowcountry to get ready. Not just for seeing the awe-inspiring event itself, but also for the massive number of people expected to descend on our small city for the event. So what is a solar eclipse, where should you go to see it, and what kind of crowds should you be prepared for?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, temporarily blocking the sun in its entirety (except for an outer ring of atmosphere known as the corona) and bringing darkness in the middle of the day to anyone in its path. This year, the eclipse’s path will take it across the country from Oregon to our fair city of Charleston. A total eclipse such as this one has not taken place since 1979. Unfortunately, because the event is so rare and the Lowcountry is such a phenomenal and popular place, this means tremendous crowds will be here before we know it.

Millions of people will travel to see the event, and it’s estimated about a million of them intend to come here. Not only is cell phone service expected to suffer due to the crowds, but the S.C. highway patrol, as well as the National Guard, are preparing for the tremendous influx of people. In addition, it has been reported that almost all accommodations in the city have been booked for the event. So where should you go to see it if you’re lucky enough to live here already?

Unfortunately, there is no secret event or place to view the eclipse which will be unaffected by the crowds (or at least not one that I am aware of). There are, however, over 100 events around the Lowcountry to choose from. A high concentration of events can be found at The Bend in North Charleston along the Ashley River. Downtown, residents can find events everywhere from Fleet Landing to the Children’s Museum. On the other side of the bridge, events are being held on the U.S.S. Yorktown and on the Isle of Palms, among others. “Go Dark Charleston” is a website created to provide information on all things Charleston eclipse 2017 and is a fantastic resource. I have listed other websites below if you would simply like to learn more about eclipses as well. Bottom line, be prepared for the crowds so you can actually enjoy this rare and amazing event! Let me know about any crazy crowd stories and enjoy the weekend!

NASA Total Eclipse 2017

Go Dark Charleston

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

The Bend