Everything from the time of totality to the amount of traffic you’ll have to face!
Columbia is a great spot to be for the eclipse, with totality being around 1:12:21pm on August 21st, give or take a few seconds. Here is everything you need to know so you can be prepared for the once in a lifetime event!
The last time there was a total coast-to-coast solar eclipse was June 8th, 1928, just over 100 years ago. This will be the only chance in your lifetime to be part of a coast to coast eclipse.
This event will span from Oregon to South Carolina, with Columbia right in the sweet spot. If you have to travel to see the solar eclipse, you better do it early!
From NBC News, 12 million people live in the path of totality, but over 200 million live within a day drive of the path. Roads will be busy, so plan ahead!
If you want to keep your kid out of school for the day, that’s totally okay in Columbia public schools! The schools sent a letter to parents saying absences August 21st will be considered excused. However, they did note the district has activities planned during the day for students to view the eclipse at school.
You will need a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Don’t ever stare at the sun…just don’t do it. Even though the moon will be in the way, it’s not safe.
Eclipse glasses are as cheap as $2, and could prevent you from pemanently damaging you eyes.
We will also be celebrating a once in a lifetime eclipse with a once in a lifetime soundtrack! You can read about that here!