ECLIPSE SAFETY

• NASA recommends people planning to view the eclipse check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet the designated ISO 12312-2 international standard.

• The glasses should not be used if they are older than three years or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

• Do not use homemade filters to view the eclipse.

• Ordinary sunglasses -- even very dark ones -- should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers.

• An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the sun. Never look at the sun through the pinhole.

ECLIPSE GLASSES

ISO-compliant eclipse safety glasses are available in Orangeburg at Walmart, Edisto Piggly Wiggly, American Optics, the Orangeburg County Library and Lowe’s. If you get glasses elsewhere, be sure they meet the standard of ISO 12312-2.

ECLIPSE EVENTS

• S.C. State – A free public event to view the eclipse will be held at Oliver C. Dawson football stadium on the campus of South Carolina State University. Entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and eclipse glasses will be provided to those attending the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party while supplies last. For more information, contact Doris Johnson Felder at 803-536-8640 or 803-536-8645.

• Claflin – Claflin University will host a total solar eclipse viewing event for the entire campus and community beginning at noon and continuing throughout the afternoon. Highlights include guest speakers and educational presentations on the history of the solar eclipse.

• Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College: An “eclipse party” will be held on campus with new and returning students invited to attend.

• Orangeburg -- The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center will host a lunch and music with a viewing of "Total Eclipse of the heART" from 1 to 4 p.m. Deadline for reservations was Aug. 18.

• Santee -- The "Eclipse on the Lawn" picnic will be held at the Santee Town Hall Complex on Bass Drive. Bring a lawn chair and blanket with a picnic lunch and enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eclipse glasses and water will be provided while supplies last. A 100-boat flotilla will depart from Santee State Park for those who would prefer a lake view of the eclipse.

• St. Matthews -- Calhoun County will sponsor a Solar Eclipse Festival in the government complex area in St. Matthews from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. The festival will feature food, rock painting, vendors and eclipse information, and eclipse viewing glasses will be available.

• Denmark -- CRAWL (Community Rural Arts Work League) of Bamberg County and Denmark Technical College are among many local sponsors for the "A Minute of Midnight" program at Denmark Tech's McDuffie Center and baseball field from 1-4 p.m. Participants with special safety glasses will be able to view the eclipse from the baseball field.

• Ehrhardt -- Rivers Bridge State Historic Site will sponsor Total Solar Eclipse viewing activities beginning at 11 a.m. Free eclipse-related crafts and ranger-led programs for all ages will be featured at the Community Building at Rivers Bridge. Participants will move to the Memorial Grounds to view the eclipse.

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