For continuing information about the total eclipse on Monday, August 21, see below the posts already published in Tidelines. In addition, there are links to articles about the eclipse from other sources.
Learning About the Solar Eclipse (published July 19, 2017)
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission is offering programs on the solar eclipse which will take place on August 21st.
Pre-Eclipse Program: Staging the Solar Eclipse
A master naturalist will lead a program designed to inform participants of all they need to know about the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979.
- August 12, 10-11:30 a.m. at Caw Caw Interpretive Center
- $7 per person
- Register online or call 843-795-4386.
August 21: Solar Eclipse Day
The eclipse begins at 1:16 p.m., and ends at 4:09 p.m., with totality beginning at 2:46 p.m.
Very little is known about how wildlife responds to a total eclipse. The public is invited to join a naturalist to tour Caw Caw and explore how wildlife responds to this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. Viewing glasses will be provided.
- August 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Caw Caw Interpretive Center
- $20 per person
- Register online or call 843-795-4386.
(Photo credit: Newsweek online)
Eclipse Activities at the Beach Club (published July 23, 2017)
Monday, August 21
Eclipse Viewing on The Ocean Terrace
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Come out to watch the eclipse with your friends and neighbors on the Ocean Terrace at the Beach Club. The Club will provide live music and bar service will be available for purchase from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. The POA will provide the first 450 people with viewing glasses for the event. This is an all-island event and is open to everyone. Seats will be provided on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are required. In the event of bad weather, the event will be canceled.
Check out a simulation of the Total Eclipse here.
Eclipse times on Seabrook Island:
Begins: 1:16 pm
Maximum: 2:47 pm
Ends: 4:09 pm
(Photo credit: National Park Service)
-Submitted by The Lake House
Go Dark Charleston – August 21 (published July 25, 2017)
Have you made plans for watching the eclipse on August 21? Many events are planned for our area, including one at our own Seabrook Island Club, an all-island event, but should you prefer to venture further afield, visit Go Dark Charleston for more information.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Guidance (published July 28, 2017)
There are more than 100 eclipse events listed, including a Riverdogs eclipse baseball game, but one of the largest is expected to be Eclipse on a Warship, which takes place on the aircraft carrier and warship museum U.S.S. Yorktown. Visitors will be able to catch the eclipse from the boat’s flight deck, where Dr. Christian Iliadis, chairman of the department of physics and astronomy at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, will give a presentation on the eclipse and answer questions. Totality is expected at 2:48 p.m. for between 90 seconds to two and half minutes.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe during the solar eclipse, and the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun (before/after the full eclipse has taken place) is through special “eclipse glasses” with solar filters, warns NASA, which offers these tips:
- Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar views meet international standards, and they are Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium.
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.
- If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
- An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.
(Photocredit: National Park Service)
Eclipse Safety Glasses Alert (published August 12, 2017)
The Post and Courier ran an article today warning people to make sure the glasses they have purchased are safe for viewing the eclipse on August 21.
Don’t be fooled by the glasses having just the ISO marking. One Tidelines editor checked her glasses with the suggested ones that the American Astronomical Society recommends per the P&C article. The manufacturer’s name was similar to one on their website. This morning, Amazon notified her that the ones she purchased through them cannot be verified as safe by Amazon and is refunding her money, even though they have the ISO sign.
The important point here is to double check the glasses you purchased.
The article from the Post and Courier can be accessed here.
To go directly to the American Astronomical Society website, click here. This site can also be opened from the Post and Courier article.
See these other sources for more information:
“A total solar eclipse is happening Aug. 21, and here’s what you need to know,” by Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post, July 21, 2017. Read here.
“Prepare for the eclipse in Charleston with this safety and viewing guide,” by Jakob Lazzaro, Charleston City Paper, July 20, 2017. Read here.
NASA Total Eclipse August 21, 2017 website
“Dedicated to the safe observation of the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017.” Click here.
“25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse,” posted by Michael Bakich, Tuesday, August 05, 2014. Click here.
“Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here’s What You Need to Protect Your Eyes,” NPR Broadcast August 1, 2017. “Proper eye protection is a must for anyone looking up at a solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses are far darker than regular sunglasses.” For more information, see and listen to the broadcast here.