One month from the full solar eclipse everyone can see

It’s almost here just one month away from the Great American Eclipse that the entire U.S. gets to see. Monday, August 21st, 2017 around 2:30pm EDT we get the 1st total solar eclipse for the entire U.S. in 99 years. It’s just a matter of how much you can see based n your location. Luckily for the Carolina’s, we all get the best views. The only thing we have to worry about it the weather.

North Carolina Viewing and timing:

For North Carolina, the entire state will see 88% coverage or higher. The best views will be closer to the South Carolina border and Southwest NC gets 100% coverage of the sun. Play the movie to see how August 21st will look here in North Carolina.

South Carolina Viewing and timing:

South Carolina will be ground zero for the 100% total eclipse. If you live there or already have plans you are all set. I would caution anyone thinking of driving down there though. It will likely be grid lock and a logistical nightmare. More on that in a minute, but first here are the views and timing you will have across the state. Play the movie below to see who the eclipse will look for South Carolina.

Safety and tips!

How to use Eclipse Glasses safely:

Interactive map to check your exact location:

Want to know what it will look like at your very house. NASA provides this awesome map to check.

Beware the crowds and logistics if traveling:

The area where there is 100% coverage will be mobbed with people. Hotel rooms have been sold out for years in the path of totality. I would caution about driving anywhere near this are the day of the eclipse. There are some estimates that major highways will be grid lock as people all try to drive to the location of 100% coverage. Unless you already have plans I would stay closer to home if possible. Here are some other great tips from NCDOT.

Viewing tips and other resources:


Make sure you have safety in mind, you CANNOT STARE DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION.

Here are a boat load of links to read up and get ready for the Great American Eclipse on August 21st, 2017

  • astronerd

    Brad, there are places in California, Nevada, Arizonian, New Mexico, etc. that will suffer from up to a 60% drop in solar power generation during the 4 hours of the eclipse process.

    • wxbrad

      same here in the Carolinas, Duke power is actually planning for that.

  • firstmagnitude

    Thank you Brad for linking to my site ( !!!

    • wxbrad

      Anytime great stuff!!

  • Carrie Seekings

    Brad, I am planning an eclipse ice cream party (BYOGlasses) we live in Fort Mill, how dark is it really going to get here, we will still be able to see without lights? like maybe dusk?

    • wxbrad

      yes it will feel like sunrise or sunset not that dark, but noticeable like twilight. .

  • K Marino

    good info!