Eclipse Glasses

Protect your eyes during the “before and after” partial eclipse phases, but remove your glasses for totality.

Anyone planning to witness the total solar eclipse needs certified protective eclipse viewing glasses equipped with a special safety film to view the partial eclipse leading up to and following the total eclipse.
However, viewers in the Columbia, S.C., area will want to remove their glasses at 2:41 p.m. in order to witness the 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total eclipse in order to witness totality.
Where to get your glasses?
  1. Free Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C. eclipse glasses will be distributed to eclipse event guests by the majority of the event hosts who have listed their events on this website’s eclipse events page, thanks to a sponsorship by the City of Columbia, S.C.
  2. In some cases, event hosts will provide their own branded eclipse glasses to guests.
  3. A limited number of free Columbia, S.C. eclipse glasses will be distributed in locations to be announced.
  4. Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C. eclipse glasses are on sale for $1 each at the Columbia SC Visitors’ Center while supplies last, located in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia SC 29201.
Notably, the partial eclipse before and after totality is not visible without glasses, since the sun is still so bright even up to the final moments of the moon covering the sun. It is of crucial importance that anyone planning to watch the partial eclipse leading up to and after totality protect their eyes with certified eclipse viewing glasses or safety film.