On Monday, August 21st, a rare event that hasn’t happened in this country since 1979 will take place when the moon will entirely cover the sun in a total solar eclipse. Only a narrow swath of destinations across the United States will be in a position to view the full phenomenon.
South Carolina will be the final state in the viewing path of the eclipse, which will cross Charleston starting at 2:40 p.m. Beat the sky-gazing crowds and head to Hilton Head Island which is just outside the complete viewing path. The moon will not entirely cover the sun from our vantage point but it will cover over 97% of it! View the video below to see exactly how much.
Join us at Palmetto Dunes Resort, where we’ll be celebrating the Great American Eclipse with a variety of activities and specials. Take advantage of our Great American Eclipse Package which includes a $25 resort gift card and protective eclipse glasses.
Where better to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence than from the beach?
The Dunes House is the perfect place to watch the 2017 eclipse, while enjoying live music and themed drink and lunch specials. Or, head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for another unobstructed view. We'll have a special Solar Eclipse Cruise aboard the Holiday from noon to 2 p.m. Call the marina at 843-842-7002 to learn more book.
To make sure you’re prepared for this incredible natural event, we’ve collected six facts about the 2017 solar eclipse:
1. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s light for a period of time. A total solar eclipse hasn’t happened over the United States in close to 40 years, and won’t happen again until 2024.
2. The totality, when the moon completely covers the sun, will be visible in parts of 14 states across the United States, including South Carolina where the totality will occur over Columbia from 2:41–2:44 p.m.
3. When the eclipse passes over Charleston it’s estimated that it will be at a speed of 1,502 miles per hour.
4. It is harmful to look directly at the sun. You will need special eclipse glasses, or a protective device such as a sun funnel or solar filter.
5. NASA will be very busy on August 21st! A solar eclipse allows the space association to gather all sorts of data that they would not otherwise be able to, such as observations of the sun’s outermost atmosphere–the corona, and maps of the moon.
6. During a solar eclipse, not only does the sky turn dark, but the temperature drops.
Learn more about the Great American Eclipse from NASA with this NASA Eclipse Fact sheet.
What are you waiting for? Book your Palmetto Dunes trip before it’s too late and get ready to gaze upon an awesome phenomenon from our beautiful shores.