Solar Eclipse of 2017

A composite of Total Solar Eclipse phases 29th March 2006, Turkey

Fact Sheet-Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia SC- Aug. 21 2017

At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017 Columbia residents and visitors will experience the longest 100% total solar eclipse.

Check the sky on April 20th at exactly 2:41. The sun will be in the exact same place that day as it will be on August 21st. Make sure you find a good spot to watch from.

Columbia, S.C., Home of Longest Total Solar Eclipse on the East Coast, to Host Long Weekend of Eclipse Events and Activities, Aug. 18-21, 2017

During the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, visitors and residents in the greater Columbia, S.C., area not only will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching a total eclipse; they will see the longest 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States, at 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness.

Those who choose to watch the eclipse in the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast” will be treated to a long weekend of eclipse-related festivals and activities being hosted across the region, each of which is listed once submitted by event hosts at the Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., website:

Columbia, S.C., Cited as a Top U.S. Viewing City by Experts and National Media

One of the most vibrant mid-sized cities in the Southeast, Columbia, S.C., has been identified as one of the top places in the nation to experience the total solar eclipse by eclipse experts and national media outlets such as USA Today, Forbes and the Washington Post. In fact, international travelers were already booking eclipse-related travel to Columbia, S.C., as early as Summer 20

Darkness in the Middle of the Day

A partial eclipse will begin over Columbia, S.C., starting at 1:13 p.m. EDT. The sky will remain bright, and this partial eclipse period will only be visible with aids such as certified eclipse viewing safety glasses (or via indirect means such as pinhole projectors). When the total eclipse occurs at 2:41 p.m. EDT, darkness will fall rapidly, along with temperatures, which can drop 5-15 degrees. During totality, viewers in the path of totality should remove their eclipse glasses. The extremely rare “corona” around the sun, visible only during a 100% total solar eclipse, will appear in the sky. Nocturnal animals will emerge to begin nighttime routines, and a 360-degree sunset will have deepened around the entire horizon over the capital city.

Once totality has ended, viewers should resume wearing their eclipse glasses to watch the partial eclipse pass. After the longest totality for a metro area on the East Coast, 2 minutes and 36 seconds – roughly one minute longer than other metro areas in South Carolina – the sky will lighten and a partial eclipse will resume (as birds begin to chirp, thinking it is daybreak) until the moon crosses completely beyond the sun’s outline at 4:06 p.m. EDT. The national maximum length of totality is 2 minutes and 41 seconds in smaller municipalities in the Central U.S., making Columbia, S.C.’s 2 minutes and 36 seconds appealing, particularly to those on the East Coast or traveling from Europe.


Solar Events

Columbia Fireflies baseball game, “Total Eclipse of the Park”

 South Carolina State Museum observatory, planetarium and 4-D theater with a major, ticketed viewing event on Monday featuring astronaut Charles Duke

Sunday “Musiclipse” matinee of space-themed works by the S.C. Philharmonic at the Koger Center

Solar 17 eclipse viewing event at the Lake Murray Dam

A large-scale public art installation at the river

Eclipse-related tours and programming at Congaree National Park

A Lowcountry Boil & Paella Party at City Roots urban farm

A ticketed viewing party at Motor Supply Co. Bistro

Guided historical walking tours at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek as well as the “Sunblock” Eclipse Viewing Festival and Eclipse-Eve Drive-In Movie Night in neighboring Cayce, S.C., and more.

As events are added, they will be viewable at