Need a reason for a vacay? Look to the first total solar eclipse in the US since 1979. With 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, one of the longest amounts in the nation, Columbia SC will be the prime location to see the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017. Plus, due to our sunny summers, there's a good chance for clear skies in August. Not yet convinced? Keep reading.

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Total Eclipse Weekend

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the 120 events that will be happening throughout the Columbia region on the weekend of the eclipse. Think things like a philharmonic show dedicated to music from Star Wars, a low country boil and paella party, historical walking tours around the city, various music and food truck festivals, eclipse-centered tailgates, and a minor league baseball game series-just to name a few. Stay tuned to the Total Eclipse Weekend site for a look into all of the weekend happenings. Plus, stay up-to-date with news and stories about why this is such a big deal by following @TotalEclipseCAE on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

South Carolina State Museum: Eclipse Headquarters

The South Carolina State Museum is at the center of the region's eclipse festivities. Featuring an observatory with a 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope, an antique telescope gallery, and a state-of-the-art planetarium, the museum offers plenty of astronomical fun to enjoy before the big event. For more information on the museum's offerings, visit the museum's eclipse page. Please note: the South Carolina State Museum's event on August 21st is sold out, but the museum is open Friday-Sunday for you to enjoy other stellar things to do.   

Solar Eclipse Glasses 

Eclipse glasses are being provided at many of the events happening on Eclipse Day and are also available for purchase at various businesses around the region. For a list of places selling glasses or events providing glasses, please visit the Total Eclipse Weekend website.