Experience The Total Solar Eclipse Of 2017
In Columbia, South Carolina

THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE CAPITAL OF THE EAST COAST

A LONG WEEKEND OF ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES

Columbia, S.C., and its surrounding region are positioned in the best location – the best on the East Coast, in fact – to witness a spectacle that has not been seen in the continental United States in 99 years: a total eclipse of the sun, visible along a thin geographic band that stretches diagonally across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Throughout the long weekend of August 18-21, 2017, attractions, cultural institutions, hospitality and retail businesses in Columbia, S.C. – the total solar eclipse capital of the East Coast – will host special eclipse-related events leading up to nature's grandest spectacle.

CLOSE IS NOT CLOSE ENOUGH.

The Longest Total Eclipse on the East Coast

At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers who have gathered in the Greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States — up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.

Experts estimate that this total solar eclipse will be the most watched eclipse in the history of the world as we know it. Only those in the “path of totality” will have the extremely rare, awe-inspiring experience of witnessing a 100% total eclipse.

“For those who choose to experience this eclipse outside the path, a partial eclipse is all they will see. Even if the sun is 99.9% eclipsed for these observers, they will not experience the full, jaw-dropping, knee-buckling, emotionally-overloading, completely overwhelming spectacle that is totality.” – Dan McGlaun, veteran of twelve total solar eclipses