How long will I be in the dark?

The entire state of South Carolina will experience a solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The gray band indicates the path of totality, the only places where the total eclipse can be seen. The rest of the state will see a partial eclipse. Totality will be visible longer the closer you are to the blue center line.

Anybody in South Carolina—in fact, anybody in North America—will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

But if your heart is set on witnessing a total solar eclipse, you’re going to have to position yourself strategically.

A healthy stretch of South Carolina, about 70 miles wide through the center of the state, falls within the path of totality, where the moon will completely block the light from the sun. The closer you are to the center of that path, the longer you get to be in totality. Anyone outside that path—even just a smidgeon—will see only a partial eclipse.

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