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View the Solar Eclipse from Charleston, SC

Posted: July 18, 2017 by Rod Smith

Solar Eclipse from Charleston, SC

Not to scare you, but the world will come to a complete standstill thanks to the total solar eclipse set for 21 August 2017. This “can’t miss” phenomenon has everyone across the northern hemisphere more than excited. What is more incredible is that this phenomenon will only last for 2:30. It will take more than a century for you to witness a similar event. You should, therefore, make every effort not to miss this historical occurrence.


For you to experience a good view of the eclipse, it is imperative that you identify a town that falls in the path of totality. Fortunately, Charleston, SC falls on the southern edge of the path of totality. Observers will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of totality observers there will see (appx.) 1m 33s  of totality. This duration of total darkness is long enough, considering that the total eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Moreover, not many towns are lucky enough to fall under this category.


If you want to enjoy a clearer view of the eclipse, then you have to travel 50 miles north of Charleston to McClellanville, South Carolina. Preparation is critical if you want to have an excellent experience. Firstly, check the weather forecast. If the weather is gloomy in Charleston, then you will have to move north in search for better views. Luckily, the weatherman forecasts clear skies on that day. You can rest assured that you should have beautiful views of the solar eclipse.


Whenever a total solar eclipse appears, the rule of thumb is that you should never look directly into the sun. Certainly, the solar eclipse will be fascinating, but it is not advisable to transfix your eyes on it lest you damage your eyes. The risk of suffering from solar retinopathy is real. You should, therefore, invest in special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. Regular sunglasses will not work efficiently, as they lack the necessary solar filters. If you are in the path of totality, you will have a chance to view the eclipse without protection. However, it is important that you collect enough information on when this will be possible, to avoid ruining your eyes. Information is readily available at the local library. If you have enough time, you may visit the NASA website for more reliable data or check out this link for South Carolina.


Count yourself lucky if you are a Charleston resident, considering that other enthusiasts may have to travel thousands of miles just to be on the right side of history.  The Realtors with Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage are excited about this incredible event in our backyard with viewing from Pawleys Island to Charleston on the coast. If you are in the area stop by and visit us in one of our many offices from Georgetown SC to North Myrtle Beach for details on local real estate. 

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