Total Solar Eclipse in Columbia
Totality will be visible at 2:41 pm on August 21, 2017.
After attending our public lectures on Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20, please click on the survey link below to share your feedback. Answers wil be anonymous. Thank you for your participation and enjoy Total Eclipse Weekend!
Public Lectures Follow-Up Survey
Check out the recent total eclipse preview video published by the USC Creative Services team!
Information for USC Eclipse Events Volunteers:
August 21 is fast approaching, and we are excited about our schedule of activities, which will require the assistance of volunteers! If you are able to help with eclipse outreach activities at USC, please take a moment to indicate your availability through the following form:
* A complete description of volunteer responsibilties can be found in the attached file at the bottom of this webpage entitled, USC Eclipse Volunteer Opportunities. *
Also, check out the volunteer announcement recently published by USC!
The total solar eclipse of 2017 will be a remarkable event, with the path of totality crossing from Oregon to South Carolina. As the moon moves into perfect alignment with the sun, the darkest part of the moon's shadow (the umbra) will pass over Columbia, SC for about 2 and a half minutes, starting at 2:41pm on August 21, 2017. The sky will rapidly turn darker than twilight, bright stars and planets will become visible, and viewers will see the wispy and faint solar corona -- normally hidden by the bright glare of the sun.
The City of Columbia will be an excellent place to experience the eclipse. Organizations all across the South Carolina Midlands will be hosting special events throughout the weekend leading up to the Monday afternoon eclipse. To learn more about the "Total Eclipse Weekend" in Columbia, go to TotalEclipseColumbiaSC.com and visit the events list. Check back often, as new events will continue to be posted right up until the eclipse event itself. See below for a flyer and info sheet about the eclipse weekend events.
Eclipse weekend events the USC campus will include:
- Friday, August 18 - Public Lecture by solar physicist Dr. Sarbani Basu
- Sunday, August 20 - "Eclipse Experts at USC: Myth, History, and Science"
On Eclipse Day, Monday, August 21:
- Ten (10) solar telescope viewing stations around campus
- iMAGINE STEM Festival of the Midlands at Spirit Communications Park - Volunteer Opportunities Are Closed
- Presentations on the science and history of eclipses
- Live streaming of the NASA TV eclipse feed
- Weather balloon launch for atmospheric science by Dr. April Hiscox
- Recruiting and outreach reception for rising high school seniors and upcoming graduate students
- Public Lecture by distinguished professor Dr. Craig Roberts (in conjunction with the NSTAR 2017 Conference)
UofSC Today Eclipse Features & Press Releases:
"Day in the sun" (8-17-17)
"Countdown to totality" (8-10-17)
"Night and day" (8-4-17)
"UofSC community unites to welcome eclipse" (7-27-17)
"Einstein vs. Newton, revisited" (7-20-17)
"Southern Lights" (7-20-17)
"RSVP for solar eclipse training stations" (7-17-17)
"2017 total solar eclipse: UofSC faculty experts" (6-20-17)
"Dark side of the sun" (6-19-17)
Faculty, staff and students at USC are excited to share the eclipse with the Columbia community and the many visitors who will be coming to the midlands this August. For inquiries about eclipse education events, community outreach activities, and media availability, please contact the USC Eclipse Experts.
More resources for eclipse information are available at:
Solar Eclipse Viewing Locations Map USC Eclipse Volunteer Opportunities *REVISED 8-8-17* Photographing the Eclipse PowerPoint Presentation (Prof. Denise McGill) Total Solar Eclipse PowerPoint Presentation (Dr. Varsha Kulkarni) Total Eclipse Volunteer Training & Planning Session (Tuesday, August 15) Eclipse Weekend Info Sheet (brief) Eclipse Weekend Flyer