On Monday August 21st, 2017 the moon will eclipse the sun for a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. There are spots within Aiken County that will be within the path of totality and a prime target for this special astronomical phenomenon. Within the City-limits Aiken will be 99.9% eclipsed and will be in the "diamond phase" of the eclipse much longer than most locations, therefore Aiken is "the jewel of the eclipse." This will be your chance to witness a spectacle that has not been seen in the continental United States since 1979, when a total solar eclipse was visible from five Northwestern states. Even more compelling, a transcontinental, total eclipse of the sun that passes from coast to coast has not occurred in the U.S. since 1918.
Many events and viewings will be taking place in and around Aiken leading up to and on the day of the eclipse. There will be a viewing party happening at Camp Gravatt, along with many educational events and shows taking place at DuPont Planetarium. The Camp Gravatt viewing event will include: canoing, a zipline, eclipse-themed activities, outerspace ice-cream, educational vendors, and more! More information to do and see while staying in the Jewel of the Eclipse to come. For more information visit: https://rpsec.usca.edu/Events/Eclipse/SolarEclipse2017.html