On August 21, Claflin University will host a total solar eclipse viewing event for the entire campus and community. On this day, people across the Untired States will witness the paths of the sun and moon intersecting. The eclipse is charted to begin in Oregon and end off the coast of Charleston. The last total solar eclipse with a similar path to this one occurred on June 8, 1918, crossing the United States from Washington State to Florida.
Witnessing this historic event with the Claflin University family will be the students of nearby Mellichamp Elementary School. "We thought it was important to showcase this major event with fun and educational activities," said Verlie Tisdale, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "We also knew that because Orangeburg is in the direct pathway of the eclipse, we couldn't miss out on this opportunity to see and witness it live," she said.
Claflin's eclipse events will begin at 12 p.m. and will continue throughout the afternoon. Highlights of Claflin's eclipse event include guest speakers and educational presentations on the history of the American solar eclipse, demonstration and activity tables, live coverage from NASA and eclipse viewing glasses. The start of the partial eclipse will begin at approximately 1:14 p.m., the total eclipse will begin at 2:43 p.m., the end of the total eclipse will begin at 2:45 p.m. and the end of the partial eclipse will be at 4:07 p.m.
After August 21, the next total solar eclipse over North America will occur on April 8, 2024.