USC Astronomer Conducting “Dress Rehearsal” for August Solar Eclipse

Apr 25, 2017

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will cover a 70- mile-wide strip of South Carolina from Greenville through Columbia to Charleston. University of South Carolina Astronomy Professor Steve Rodney is already making plans for the event. The last few days have seen the sun in the same place in the sky it will be on Aug. 21, so Rodney and his students can prepare well for the once-in-a lifetime event in the Midlands. They’ve located where the sun will be to make sure there will be no obstructions, and he’s got students scouting the best locations on campus for eclipse watching. The professor also has advice for all South Carolina watchers on where to watch from, what to bring and how to experience both totality and other effects of the eclipse.