FLORENCE, S.C. – A total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday afternoon.
This is the first transcontinental total solar eclipse in 99 years. For South Carolina, the most recent total solar eclipse was visible only from coastal regions in 1970. Need a science refresher? A total solar eclipse occurs only during a new-moon phase. The new moon then has to be aligned perfectly between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow upon the earth’s surface.
According to Stephen Welch, executive director of ScienceSouth in Florence, a total solar eclipse is “a very rare event” and the next total solar eclipse won’t pass through South Carolina again until 2078.
“At any specific location on earth, a total solar eclipse is a very rare event,” Welch said. “A lot of partial eclipses occur over the ocean. We have to pray for good weather.”
Approximately 1 million people are expected to travel to South Carolina on Monday afternoon to witness the