A free event today in Cordova will give students the opportunity learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Hosted by Edisto High School teacher Joni Jordan, the educational event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edisto High School auditorium. Jordan is a partner-teacher in the Noyce Master Teacher Fellow grant program.

Jordan will talk with students and their families about the science behind the eclipse and answer questions about the rare event.

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 26 years in the United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth.

South Carolina is expected to be one of the best viewing areas in the world for this eclipse.

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