2017 Solar Eclipse

Dated: 08/16/2017

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I can’t tell you how excited I am about the solar eclipse on Monday. This is the first time in 100 years the eclipse will be seen from coast to coast. How exciting is that!! The last total eclipse that was visible coast to coast was in 1918, and the last solar eclipse that was visible form the contiguous US was in 1979. I was just 5 years old. I can remember my mother being so excited about it. We made viewers out of cereal boxes and watched from our back yard.

The state of South Carolina is estimating anywhere between 547,000 and 2,188,000 people traveling to the coast of SC this weekend. The roads will be packed. The most important to remember on Monday is patience. Traffic will be heavy and it will be a hot summer day in the south. The high will be near 90 degrees and there is a small chance of some thunderstorms. However, that is a typical weather report for any day of the week in the south.

Some things you may want to keep close to you as you sit waiting for the big event. Keep a cooler close to you with lots of water. If you’re going to be sitting out all day, you’ll want to stay hydrated. Also, if you plan on making a day of it, you’ll want to pack a lunch. For us, the eclipse will begin at 1:13 and last until 4:06, so I may just pack some light snacks for the afternoon. Lastly, and the most important, you’ll want to make sure you have your ISO Certified solar eclipse glasses. Looking directly at the eclipse will cause major eye damage, so you’ll want to have your glasses handy for the duration of the eclipse.

I know you are all as excited as I am. Be safe and enjoy the marvels of our solar system!

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