Eye-opening eclipse facts
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. According to NASA, the last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total solar eclipse was Feb. 26, 1779 and this year’s will be the first coast to coast solar eclipse in nearly 100 years.
Although a partial eclipse will be visible to all throughout the U.S., a band of states stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to view the total eclipse. Luckily for Daniel Island, the “path of totality” for the total solar eclipse crosses right through the Lowcountry.
Before this historical event arrives, take a look back at some of America’s most famous total solar eclipses.
NOTABLE U.S. ECLIPSES
Feb. 26, 1779
The last total solar eclipse that was viewed from the contiguous U.S. passed through the northwestern U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota as well as Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec on Feb. 26, 1779, according to NASA. The next will be the eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.
June 16, 1806
A total solar eclipse went from what is now Arizona, through the Midwest and up to southern New York state, northern Pennsylvania and lower New England, including Boston, one of the nation’s largest cities at the time, according to space.com. American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clarke would have witnessed a partial eclipse on the same day, as they were traveling through the Pacific northwest.
Nov. 30, 1834
A total solar eclipse crossed the U.S. territories from Montana to South Carolina, according to space.com. Astrologists Johann Heinrich von Mädler and Wilhelm Beer also published the Mappa Selenographica that year, which was the most complete map of the moon at the time.
August 7, 1869
Another total solar eclipse crossed the U.S. from Montana to North Carolina. This event was visible from various Midwestern States.
This total solar eclipse would be the last one to travel the continental U.S. from coast to coast, traveling from Washington state to Florida, until Aug. 21, 2017. Observations of this specific eclipse were used that year to test Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. It ultimately held up to the test, which led Einstein to become a well-known name, according to space.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Along with an epic, history-making eclipse event could come epic, history-making traffic as thousands descend on the Charleston area to take advantage of the Holy City’s unique position in the “path of totality.” But you can take in eclipse festivities without leaving Daniel Island! Check out the list below for some out of this world opportunities right here at home:
DI ECLIPSE PREPARATORY WORKSHOP
Get ready for the upcoming epic eclipse! Join Pennsylvania science teacher Deborah Skapik, who has an extensive background in astronomy, for this special event on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island, located at 299 Seven Farms Dr. Learn how to safely view the eclipse by making and using your very own pin-hole projector. All are welcome. Everyone who attends is asked to bring an extra cereal box with them. Free. For more information, contact Skapik at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTIES ON DI
Monday, Aug. 21 - Smythe Park, 1 to 2 p.m. Join high school science teacher Deborah Skapik and her students from Friends’ Central School outside of Philadelphia for this special eclipse viewing party at Smythe Park on Daniel Island! For more information, contact Skapik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on Aug. 21, MUSC Health Stadium will host a viewing party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers have dubbed this gathering “the best eclipse tailgate in the path of totality.” Event will feature plenty of family fun, including a live streaming of the eclipse, astronomy-related activities, a Kids’ Zone, food, entertainment and more. Cost is $8 for adults. Children 12 and under, military personnel, and first responders get in free. Gates open at 11 a.m. Visit http://bsportsent.com/events/solar-eclipse-viewing-party/ for more information.