Are You Ready for the Most Viewed Solar Eclipse Ever?


May 30, 2017

South Carolina is on the center line of contact for 2017’s total solar eclipse – find out more at the Museum of York County

ROCK HILL, SC - Everyone’s talking about the upcoming total solar eclipse, the first in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The eclipse’s longest, darkest moment will occur at its center line where the moon’s shadow is the widest. On August 21, the center line will first hit Oregon and cross over nine states before totality glides over S.C. as it heads across the Atlantic Ocean. Although York County is not along the center line, a partial eclipse may be viewed as long as the skies are clear. The Museum of York County has a summer itinerary beaming with educational programming to prepare you for the most viewed solar eclipse ever.

Planetarium programs such as “Totality” will be featured throughout the summer on Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Museum of York County is also presenting special solar astronomy programs on Wednesday, August 2 and Saturday, August 5. Settlemyre Planetarium manager Carole Holmberg will be sharing how and where to view the solar eclipse; solar trivia and sun-related activities will be ongoing. The programs are free with museum admission. 

Watch and listen to Carole Holmberg talk about the upcoming total solar eclipse here:

The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world.  The Naturalist Center, with over 2,000 natural history specimens, provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium features a state-of-the-art full-dome digital planetarium. The Museum of York County is part of Culture and Heritage Museums, which is a Smithsonian affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Galant Rd. in Rock Hill, SC 29732.