As a science/astronomy nerd, I love shit like this. I’ve seen lunar eclipses several times, as they’re more common, but I’ve never seen a total solar eclipse. I remember a partial solar eclipse being viewable in Chicago when was probably 8 or 9 years old…we made special pinhole viewers to see it, but aside from watching them online when they happen elsewhere in the world, I’ve never seen a total solar eclipse here in the United States. The last one to occur in its entirety here was 1918, so very few people alive right now, if any at all, remember the last one. I live in North Carolina, and the path of totality actually goes through South Carolina, specifically Charleston and Columbia, but we’re close enough that we should see 90-95% of it. Thankfully the weather here is going to hold up and we’ll have clear skies. If you haven’t been able to go out to the middle of nowhere to watch totality happen, as that’s a very narrow swath of land, here’s a map to show you where you’ll be able to see at least some of it:
That red line is the path of totality, and where I live, it’s pretty damn close to that red line. Obviously the further away from that red line you are, the less of it you’ll see. Remember to get special glasses or make a pinhole camera, and if you live in the path of totality, totality (when the moon completely obscures the sun) is the only time you can take your glasses off and look at it directly. Once the moon starts moving away, you’ll have to put them back on. Happy viewing!!