2017 Total Solar Eclipse

  • 08/21/2017 Location: 1254 Long Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC, Fee Information: free Contact Name: Dawn Davis Contact Email: E-Mail Us Contact Phone Number: 843-883-3123
    Join us to learn more about and view the eclipse as it passes over the area. This event is being held in cooperation with the College of Charleston and the National Park Service. 

    Partial eclipse is predicted to start at 1:17:07PM (EDT); totality will start at 2:46:19PM (EDT); and will last 2m 4s.

    Following is a schedule of events for the day.

    1:00-4:30- Ranger-led and self-directed family friendly activities including a special Junior Ranger Eclipse Booklet 
    1:30-2:00- Sun Salutation Yoga
    2:00-2:30- Ranger Led Talk "How Bright our Stars Shine"
    2:46- Start of totality lasting 2m 4s 
    3:00- Junior Ranger Ceremony 
    3:30-4:00- Ranger Led Talk "How Bright our Stars Shine" 
    4:00- Junior Ranger Ceremony

    The park museum and bookstore will be closed from 2:15-3:15 pm. A special Passport to Your National Parks Stamp will be available in the bookstore the day of the Eclipse.

    For more questions about the event please call 843.881.5516. See you in the shadow!


    • The eclipse will last 3 hours beginning at 1:17 p.m. (EST)
    • Please plan to  be at your viewing location at or near the beginning time of the eclipse
    • NEVER look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun
    • The main hazards to the eye are from heat (infrared radiation), ultraviolet radiation and from excessive visible light. Even a momentary glance at the Sun on a sunny day can focus a very intense amount of heat on the back of the eye. Ultraviolet radiation can cause sunburn to the outer surface of the eye or cornea.

    • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or a pinhole projection

    • Always inspect your solar filters before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it

    • Always supervise children using solar filters

    • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter.

    • Do not remove filters while looking at the Sun

    • Do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device even while using solar filters; the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury

    • If you are in the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face. As soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewers

    • Consider bringing a light snack or picnic because of the length of the solar event

    • It is suggested to bring a personal flashlight; remember others around are there to experience the eclipse so please be respectful with the use of lanterns, flashlights, headlamps etc.

    • Local temperatures can drop as much as 20 degrees during a total solar eclipse; bring along a light jacket or prepare for the possibility of temperatures dropping

    • Visitors are encouraged to bring sunscreen and insect repellent 

    • Local animals often prepare for sleep or behave abnormally during totality; observe animals from a distance  

    • Traffic during the eclipse may be congested; take extra caution when driving to and from your viewing location  

    • Please respect everyone else’s right to enjoy the eclipse in their own way

    Please check back, we will continue to add more about our event as more details are known.