How to safely watch the partial solar eclipse in South Carolina


How to safely watch the partial solar eclipse in South Carolina

The upcoming April 8 partial solar eclipse in South Carolina should make for a great viewing experience, although it will be much different than the total solar eclipse much of the state enjoyed in 2017. 

This time, the path of totality – where the moon completely covers the sun – will march from Texas to New York, staying west of the Palmetto State. In South Carolina, the moon will block up to 85 percent of the sun, depending on specific location. 

Of course, if you are planning to watch the partial eclipse, it’s important to do so safely. 

Key Tips

  • Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse unless you are wearing solar eclipse glasses or other eye protection that meets ISO 12312-2 international safety standards. 
  • Avoid walking through tall grass or other areas where you are more likely to encounter ticks and snakes.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, do not stop on the highway or in the middle of the road to watch the event. Do not look at the sun while driving. Do not wear solar eclipse glasses while driving.

Sun Safety Tips for the Eclipse

While the sun will be partially blocked for a short time, that doesn’t mean you can neglect sunscreen. Since you may be outdoors for an extended period during the eclipse, make sure to protect your skin from sunburn.

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand. They reflect the damaging rays of the sun. This can increase your chances of sunburn.
  • Protect your lips with lip balm with at least SPF 15.
  • Wear sunglasses if you are outdoors in the hours leading up to the eclipse.

To learn more about the partial solar eclipse in South Carolina, the timing of the event and which states are in the path of totality, click here

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