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Viewing the Remarkable 2017 Solar Eclipse in National Parks

A total eclipse is nature at its most incredible. It lasts less than three minutes and along its path, twilight suddenly descends where there was sunlight just moments before. The temperature drops as the sun disappears behind the moon. Even animals are quiet in response to the unusual atmospheric change.

On August 21, anyone along this strip of land across America (the line of totality) will experience the phenomenon firsthand; furthermore, all 50 states in the U.S. will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

Whether you’re seeing the total eclipse or a partial eclipse, national parks are an excellent stage to take in the glory of this natural phenomenon. Our suggestion? Order appropriate eye protection, then start planning to attend one of the eclipse events happening across the country.

Bill Ingalls/NASA

Here are eight ideas to help you start planning for an unforgettable total eclipse of the sun:

  1. Charleston is one of the lucky cities to be in the line of totality (the area in which the sun is completely eclipsed by the moon; here, the eclipse is far more dramatic than an area from which only a partial eclipse is visible). Still, we recommend getting away from the crowds and the traffic and heading to Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. The site will be hosting the event in cooperation with the College of Charleston and the National Park Service.
  2. Ninety Six National Historic Site is in the path of totality and pleased to be part of it. The park is welcoming guests to view the eclipse from Star Fort Pond. The event is free, but for an occurrence that’s almost as rare as hens’ teeth, you’ll want to call ahead to make a reservation!
  3. Equipped with special telescopes and paper eclipse glasses, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is eager to be able to welcome visitors to see the partial eclipse. Whether you’re boating for the day and just happen to be in the park for the event, or you’ve been waiting all year to see the eclipse, this short chance to see a different form of the desert sun is sure to be exciting.

Reflection Canyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area -Gary Ladd/NPS



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