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Solar Ecplise viewings here

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in News, Local News

Solar Ecplise viewings here

Library hosting eclipse viewing parties on Aug. 21

The Florence County Library System will host solar eclipse viewing parties at all branches on Monday, Aug. 21.

Children and teens under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult age 18 or older. The adult will be responsible for making sure the children/teens under their care view the eclipse safely. The library has brochures on viewing the eclipse safely.

Eclipse glasses will be available at each library branch for children in grades 5K through 12 from Aug. 14 through Aug. 21, while supplies last. Limit one per child/teen.

Parties will be held at the following branch locations:

Florence – 2-4 p.m. 509 S. Dargan Street, Florence, 843-292-7382.

Johnsonville – 1-3 p.m., 242 S. Georgetown Highway, Johnsonville, 843-386-2052.

Lake City – 1-3 p.m., 221 E. Main Street, Lake City, 843-394-8071.

Olanta – 2-4 p.m., 201 E. Hampton Street, Olanta, 843-396-4287.

Timmonsville – 2-4 p.m., 298 W. Smith Street, Timmonsville, 843-346-2941.

The event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

For more information, contact the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382 or visit


Free events centered around the Great American Eclipse

The nation’s eyes will be tuned to the sun on Aug. 21. Then, eventually on to the moon as it creates an incredibly rare solar eclipse.

“The Great American Eclipse,” as it’s come to be known, will be the focus of Francis Marion University as well. The university will feature a number of free events centered on the eclipse.

Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 19, the Dooley Planetarium will host a solar workshop for families with small children at 9 a.m. followed by a Solar Workshop for families with older children at 10:30. All workshops require pre-registration.

Sunday, Aug. 20 will see the Planetarium host three programs. Earth Moon & Sun will be presented at 2 p.m., followed by Solar Superstorms, and again at 6 p.m. The 6 p.m. show is just for college students.

Monday’s eclipse viewing will be held at the Griffin Athletic Complex. The eclipse is expected to reach near totality at 2:45 in the Florence area. The GAC will open at noon, allowing for viewers to prepare for totality later in the afternoon.

Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Dooley Planetarium Dr. Jeannette Myers says FMU will be at 99.8 percent totality during the eclipse.

This means the eclipse will darken campus and the surrounding area for just a few seconds at approximately 2:45.

Columbia one of the best places to view the eclipse

COLUMBIA – Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy more than 100 eclipse-related events in the Columbia region – the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast” – across the long weekend of Aug. 18-21, when viewers will see the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast.

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 at 2:41 p.m., totality in the greater Columbia area will range from 2 minutes and 30 seconds up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon.

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