As several people knew for months, we had a solar eclipse across the country today, August 21, 2017. For many of us, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity made the Earth go dark when the sun was eclipsed by the moon.
Totality in South Carolina
Many people in the United States experienced a major one. However, for many of us in South Carolina – including Anderson, Greenville and Clemson – we experienced totality! That’s right! We had a 100 percent eclipse of the sun at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time on the East Coast.
Of course, you needed special glasses marked with “ISO” and “CE”. Even NASA explained how to prepare for the eclipse. Not wearing them posed major damage to your eyes.
But, as long as you had these glasses, you could experience the incredible moment when the sun went behind the moon, and we had that total eclipse. It was a special moment that many prepared for and will remember for years to come.
In fact, locals from South Carolina weren’t the only ones to come for the eclipse. Since this area was nationally known for months to be a location of totality, people came from all over the United States to experience the event. Sure, they probably would have enjoyed the eclipse at 70 percent. However, once it became known that the Upstate of South Carolina would be in complete totality, people started planning their trip well in advance.
But, on the off-chance that you didn’t get to see it personally, local stations like WYFF – the NBC station in Greenville, SC – shared a video of the entire event. Taking pictures of the eclipse was cautioned against unless you had a camera with a filter. Although this writer didn’t have such a filter, you can still watch the included video of local coverage.
One thing is for sure, the Upstate of South Carolina will surely be on the minds of many thanks to the Great Eclipse of 2017.