DNR: No planned eclipse events for state-owned properties

by | August 11, 2017 4:56 am

Last Updated: August 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

Though many of the state Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Management Areas and Heritage Preserves fall within the path of the imminent total eclipse, there will be no DNR-sanctioned events on these properties, according to a release from the agency.
The eclipse, which will be total in Clarendon County, will happen in the early afternoon hours of Aug. 21.
“If you do plan to view the eclipse on a DNR property, please see the DNR Interactive Solar Eclipse Map to easily locate which properties fall within the totality path,” reads a release.

What is an eclipse?
An eclipse is an obstruction of light from the source of light and the observer. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the earth and sun during its orbit, resulting in the moon casting a shadow on the earth. A solar eclipse occurs once every 18 months, but is only visible in a small area of the planet.

What can I expect to experience during a total eclipse?
During a total solar eclipse, you will experience complete darkness. Additionally, you can expect to experience:
A sudden drop in temperature
The winds will briefly pick up
Nocturnal animals will likely come out as the sky darkens
Bright stars and planets will become visible in the sky
As the sun reappears, song birds and other animals will be heard similar to daybreak
People- lots of people! Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive of the path of totality. It is estimated nearly 1 million of them will travel to South Carolina for the event.
How can I safely view the eclipse?

Always follow safe solar-viewing procedures. Failure to wear proper eye protection can burn your retinas and cause irreparable damage to your eyes.
Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun without proper fitting solar eclipse glasses that meet or exceed ISO 12312-2. Sunglasses, even very dark glasses, are not safe for looking at the sun.
Only remove your solar eclipse glasses during the period of totality. Once it is totally dark, it is safe to remove your glasses. Replace them as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear.
Ensure that your solar eclipse glasses are not torn, scratched, or damaged in any way.
To remove your glasses, turn away from the sun.
Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars, even with solar eclipse glasses on.
Ensure that all children under your supervision are following all safety guidelines.

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