Colloquium: "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017"Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 16:00 to 17:15
Dr. Varsha Kulkarni
Dr. Steven Rodney
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of South Carolina
The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was the first such eclipse visible from coast to coast in the U.S. since 1918. There was a huge excitement across the nation and indeed the world about this "great American" eclipse. As the "total solar eclipse capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC enjoyed a large influx of eclipse chasers. Thanks to favorable weather, viewers in many parts of the Midlands, including the USC campus, had a spectacular experience of totality. As the final episode of our eclipse-related activities, we will review the scientific aspects of what makes total solar eclipses special and why we care about them. We will describe some observations of this eclipse taken around the country and from space. Finally, we will describe the various events held on the USC campus during Total Eclipse Weekend.