When the historic solar eclipse cuts a swath across the Charleston area on the afternoon of Aug. 21, 2017, you’ll want to be prepared to watch the spectacle safely with an approved pair of eclipse viewing glasses.
To ensure members of the campus community can witness the eclipse in CofC style, the College will provide free pairs of custom-designed eclipse glasses to all students, faculty, and staff. The glasses will be available at several locations throughout campus beginning Aug. 16, 2017. A list of pick-up locations will be announced to the campus community via campus email and on The College Today later this summer.
People in the Lowcountry will be able to view the eclipse starting at about 1:16 p.m. on Aug. 21. Totality, which is when the moon fully covers the sun, will occur at around 2:46 p.m., with the lunar shadow leaving the area around 4:09 p.m.
To view the eclipse safely, you should wear the glasses while the moon is passing in front of the sun. Once the moon completely blocks the light of the sun, it is safe to temporarily remove the glasses in order to see the total solar eclipse. When the moon begins to move away from the sun, and the edges start to brighten, you should immediately put on your glasses to continue watching.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, the College will host a solar eclipse viewing event on Rivers Green behind Addlestone Library for students, faculty and staff. This exclusive campus event is not open to the public. NASA TV will anchor its national coverage of the eclipse live from Rivers Green. The broadcast will be streamed on NASA TV, the NASA website, on the Stream video platform and on various public broadcasting stations across the United States beginning at 1 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2017.
The campus viewing event will also feature food, activities and eclipse experts. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event from the most beautiful campus in America.