On August 21, 2017, Surfside Beach will be near a sky display like no other: a full solar eclipse.
When the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, if causes a solar eclipse. The Moon will block the light of the Sun from reaching the Earth, causing the sky to becomes very dark, as if it was night. If you are outside viewing a total eclipse you must take proper precautions regarding eye safety. According to NASA:
"The Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Even when 99% of the Sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of a total eclipse, the remaining photospheric crescent is intensely bright and cannot be viewed safely without eye protection [Chou, 1981; Marsh, 1982]. Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!" Please remember to follow the list of precautions posted here.
The path of this solar eclipse will only cover the continental United States. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979 and the first total solar eclipse to cross from coast to coast since 1918. South Carolina will be the final state in its path at approximately 2:36 in the afternoon. Those wishing to be in an area experiencing the total eclipse will need to drive south for approximately 45 miles as Surfside Beach will not be in the "path of totality".
A link to a website showing what the effects would be like can be found by clicking here .