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Eclipse Day Visiting Student Reception

A special event at the USC Department of Physics and Astronomy, open to rising seniors at the high school or college level who are interested in Physics and Astronomy at USC.

Time:  4:00 pm, Monday, August 21 (totality ends by 2:44 pm)

Location:  Jones Physical Science Center (Room #006 / Basement Level) - LOCATION CHANGE
Light Refreshments Will Be Served

RSVP to Mr. Sam Beals:   803-777-8105



Columbia, SC is the largest city on the East Coast (and the second largest city in the entire path of totality) where you can observe the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 of this year. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina will be leading eclipse events across campus to help visitors and their families safely observe the eclipse and learn about the science and history of total eclipses.  

We are inviting rising seniors at high schools and colleges in the region to join us if they are planning to be in Columbia, SC that day. These students are welcome to participate in eclipse viewing activities and are invited to a special reception in the Physics and Astronomy Department at 4:00 pm, after the eclipse. At this reception, visiting students will get a short (15 minute) introduction to the department and will meet and talk with faculty members and graduate students. The faculty will then conduct a tour of the labs and discuss courses and other learning opportunities.  One-on-one meetings with particular faculty members can be arranged on request.


Interested students and teachers should please contact our Administrative Assistant and eclipse coordinator, Mr. Sam Beals to RSVP: 

Sam Beals
Administrative Assistant 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: 803-777-8105
Office: Jones 404

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