On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time and parts of the Lowcountry are in the direct path!

Scroll down to see events to get you excited for the solar eclipse itself. On the side, you’ll see resources from Star-net, including a link to a free resource guide and a solar vision app, and safety tips and information.

Solar Eclipse Live Stream @Your Library

Don’t have the proper glasses or equipment? No problem! Come to the library and watch the live stream. While you’re there, you can also check out books and DVDs to learn more!

Eclipse Preparation Events

Live Look at the Sun

Prof. Laura Penny, of College of Charleston Physics & Astronomy department, will present a program on the upcoming total solar eclipse which includes a special telescope to get a live look at the sun.

August 14th | 1:30 pm | Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Dr | 843.471.2952

Total Solar Eclipse Discussion (Adult Program)

Astronomy Prof. Misty Brown will talk about the history of solar eclipses, how they happen, and why. Prof. Brown will also advise use on how to view the eclipse safely and where best to witness the event.

August 16th | 1:30 pm | Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Dr | 843.471.2952

Solar Eclipse Craft-in-a-Baggie

Drop by for a solar eclipse paper craft for the kids! Starts at 10 am and continues while supplies last!

August 17th | 10 am | Goose Creek Library
325 Old Moncks Corner Rd | 843.572.1376

Eclipse Crafting

Make a DIY eclipse viewer. Quick, easy and safe to use at home.

August 19th | 10 am | Hanahan Library
1216 Old Murray Ct | 843.553.0047

Eclipse Readiness Workshop

Learn about eclipse safety and create a device to help you watch the eclipse at home.

August 19th | 2 pm | Sangaree Library
595 Sangaree Pkwy | 843.695.1208

Safety glasses are provided by The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources!

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Download the FREE Solar Vision App!

Solar Vision lets you explore the Sun using several different “filters”, representing the types of instruments NASA uses on spacecraft like the Solar Dynamics Observatory: visible light, x-ray, ultraviolet, etc. It also lets you explore the features you’re likely to see during a total solar eclipse. In both cases, you can use the app in an “Exploration” mode, or use a “Find the Features” mode that challenges you to find specific features.


Have you tried out your glasses yet?

It’s time to get outside and try your glasses out! While viewing the Sun, be on the lookout for sunspots. Afterwards, you can use the Solar Vision app to get a close-up, real-time view of what you just saw.
With solar viewing, safety always comes first, so make sure to check out the Eclipse Resource Center for important safety tips and more.