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What is now being called "The Great American Solar Eclipse" will cross over parts of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina on August 21 2017.  What makes this eclipse "Great"?  It will be a total eclipse, which by itself is rare at any given location, and it will transect much of the Continental US, and will, thus, be seen by large numbers of people.

The total eclipse will begin near Newport, Oregon at 1:16 PM EDT and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 PM EDT.  A partial eclipse will occur for the rest of the United States.

The last time a total eclipse was seen in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia was March 7 1970.

If you do not witness the eclipse on August 21 2017, another one will be along eventually:

     The next time a total eclipse will seen in the Continental United States (but not GA, SC, or NC) will be April 8 2024.

     The next time a total eclipse will be seen in Georgia will be August 12 2045.

     The next time a total eclipse will be seen in South Carolina will be March 30 2052.

     The next time a total eclipse will be seen in North Carolina will be May 11 2078.

 

August 21 2017 Eclipse Path Map


Blue Line: Center of Totality

Red Lines: Northern and Southern Boundaries of Totality

 

Time of the eclipse at 4 locations:

Location Start of Partial Eclipse Start of Total Eclipse End of Total Eclipse End of Partial Eclipse
Macon County Airport 1:06:37 pm 2:35:18 pm 2:37:47 pm 4:00:48 pm
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 1:09:35 pm 2:38:34 pm 2:40:17 pm 4:03:07 pm
Anderson Airport 1:08:52 pm 2:37:47 pm 2:40:18 pm 4:03:06 pm
Clemson Airport 1:08:18 pm 2:37:07 pm 2:39:44 pm 4:02:33 pm

 

Cloudiness Climatology for 2-3 pm on August 21:

An important consideration is the possibility of clouds.  Afternoon cumulus clouds and thunderstorms are common elements of the early to late afternoons, especially over the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills.  Generally speaking, clouds can be expected over any given location about 30 to 50 percent of the time at 2:38pm on August 21.  There is additionally an approximately 10% chance of rain at that particular time at any location in the area.

Safety Information:

If you value your sight, you should never look directly at the sun at any time, and for any reason.  It is no more or less dangerous to look at the sun during a partial eclipse than at any other time; it is always dangerous.  Actually, the ONLY time it is safe to look directly in the direction of the sun without eye protection is during a total eclipse.  This is because the moon completely covers the sun at that time, blotting-out the harmful rays.  However, the total phase of this eclipse will only last a couple minutes, and one must be careful not to look at the sun immediately before or after the total phase.

Links to more Information:

NASA website for Eclipses:

     https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html

NASA website for the August 21 2017 Eclipse:

     https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

 

 

Sky Forecast by Area:

 

 

Eclipse maps courtesy of Fred Espenak - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
For more information on solar and lunar eclipses, see Fred Espenak's Eclipse Web Site: sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html

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