A total solar eclipse will pass through the continental united states next month on August 21st. This has not happened since 1918. The kicker is that Greenville SC is in-line to get the full eclipse during this rotation. It won’t happen again for Greenville until 2078.
There are many activities being planned by several organizations in Greenville. Clemson University and Roper Mountain Science Center are a couple. Check out my Facebook page beginning August 16th for posts. Greenville County School District has moved it’s first day of school from Monday to Tuesday. A one-time exception was granted in order to keep people calm and avoid any confusion that could happen during the blackout.
Local transportation and law enforcement agencies are preparing for the event. Officers will be available to assist with any traffic issues that might arise.
The eclipse path will begin in Oregon and sweep across the U.S. heartland into Tennessee, through the North Carolina mountains, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and then heading off the Atlantic coast. The shadow path will be around 100 miles wide and will travel 1,000 miles per hour. Clemson and Anderson will get the longest duration of darkness.
Don’t forget that you will need special glasses to view the eclipse. Staring at the sun directly can damage your eyes. Also plan your viewing area ahead of time. Stopping on any roadway is not permitted.
This will be an exciting event for Greenville which will draw in out of towners by the bunches and give us a nice bump to our economy. The Westin Poinsett hotel is almost sold out.
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