The Great American Eclipse

Get Eclipsed on IOP! 

A total solar eclipse will take place August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and therefore, blocking the light of the sun from reaching the Earth. The sky becomes very dark, as if it was night. People viewing a total eclipse must take proper precautions regarding eye safety.

The path of this rare total solar eclipse will only cover the continental United States! This will be the first total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. since 1979 and the first to cross from coast to coast since 1918.The shadow will first touch Oregon at approximately 10:15 in the morning and South Carolina will be the final state in its path at approximately 2:36 in the afternoon. Isle of Palms will be completely covered in the eclipse shadow at 2:46 p.m.

Without a doubt, Isle of Palms will be the perfect viewing spot to experience nature’s grandest spectacle! Make your travel arrangements ahead of time and stay on the island for an unforgettable experience. 

Eye Safety 

The only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. The City will have "eclipse glasses" available at City Hall, the Recreation Department and at the Get Eclipsed on IOP! event on Front Beach the day of the total solar eclipse, August 21, 2017. 


Map showing the path of the eclipse.

A sandy path leading to the beach.