By now, you have most likely heard of the upcoming solar eclipse that is to take place Monday, August 21st. This is an extremely rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. The path of totality, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Thankfully for the residents of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee, no need to travel to be within this spectacular path!
For the first time in almost 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be over the continental United States and interestingly enough, no other country will be able to view this eclipse. For the areas outside the direct path, there will be a partial eclipse viewable in the Americas. Regardless of whether you are able to view the partial or total eclipse, safety is of primary importance. You will need safety glasses for viewing to protect your eyes so please click here for further information regarding your safety.
The phase of when the moon blocks the sun will last around 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This is actually short compared so some, which can last up to 7 minutes long! The exact time will depend on your location along the eclipse path. For an interactive map showing the total solar eclipse path, click here. Our Lake Keowee area will experience the eclipse from approximately 1pm to 4pm. The total eclipse will begin around 2:35pm.
After all of this has been said, there is one more thing to note. The sky must be clear to see an eclipse. Sadly this means if it is a cloudy day or raining, you will miss this fascinating event. Although we can’t control the weather, we can take some time out, with our safety glasses, to hopefully experience first-hand a total eclipse. Happy viewing!