Witness one of the most awe-inspiring celestial events from the nation’s #1 city - Charleston, SC. From 2:38 - 2:39 EDT, visitors across the region will be able to view a total solar eclipse.
During a Total Solar Eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun. Even though the sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, the disk of each is about the same size in the sky as viewed from earth because of the distance each is from the earth.
If the moon is further from the earth during New Moon phase and is in the proper position for an eclipse to occur the disk of the moon is not large enough as viewed from earth to cover the entire disk of the sun.
Partial Solar Eclipse
During a Partial Solar Eclipse the moon will “partially” block the sun for a large portion of Earth during a total solar eclipse or even an annular eclipse. During the upcoming total solar eclipse, the entire United States can witness a partial eclipse by using proper viewing precautions.
A solar eclipse occurs when the sunlight reaching the earth is blocked by the moon. Various types of eclipses occur four to seven times a year with most years only having four.