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Total Solar Eclipse 2017
No Better View than a Beach View
PLAN NOW TO CELEBRATE the August 21st solar event with a memorable vacation in North Myrtle Beach. If you weren't around in March, 1970, 1970Syou may not have experienced a total solar eclipse. These are rare celestial events and total eclipses visible across the USA are even more so.

CATCH SOME SUN and the eclipse from your favorite place... the beach! Search our available vacation lodging and special summer deals from Thomas Beach Vacations while they last.

THIS YEAR THE ECLIPSE will travel a path across the United States, from Oregon to the South Carolina coast! As the moon passes between the Earth and Sun, those in the path will experience full darkness in the middle of the day. The path of totality extends from below Charleston north to Pawley's Island. The eclipse will depart the continental United States near Awendaw, S.C., a small community between Georgetown and Charleston.
Eclipse path of totality coast to coast

It is a BIG Deal!
SCIENTISTS, RESEARCHERS, and curious viewers are traveling from all over the world and have planned for well over a year to witness this phenomenon. The excitement and interest is so high that accommodations during the eclipse in the Charelston, S.C. area have been sold out for months. Reservations at Thomas Beach Vacations for the South Carollina path of total eclipseAugust eclipse week are booking fast, too!

THE GREAT AMERICAN SOLAR ECLIPSE path of totality will pass very close to North Myrtle Beach... near enough to provide 98% eclipse coverage. Although little of the corona will be visible, local effects should include near total darkness and a good view of Baily's Beads.


  • 2 minutes, 34 seconds in Awendaw, S.C.
  • 1 minute, 46 seconds in Georgetown, S.C.
  • 1 minute, 33 seconds in Charleston, S.C.
  • 39 seconds in Pawley's Island, S.C.
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Eclipse Facts

  • A SOLAR ECLIPSE OCCURS when the moon passes between the earth and sun, totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun.
  • TOTALITY OCCURS only along a narrow path, with the partial eclipse visible over an extended path thousands of kilometers wide.
  • THE ECLIPSE WILL BEGIN with the partial phase around 1:15 p.m. EDT. Totality, when the sky completely darkens as the moon blocks the sun's image, will begin at 2:46 p.m. EDT.
  • View the eclipse from the beachWHEN THE SHADOW ARRIVES at Oregon's coast, it will be traveling at nearly 2,240 mph. As it departs the South Carolina coast, it will have slowed to 1,354 mph.
  • THE LONGEST DURATION of totality will be two minutes and forty seconds near Hopkinsville, Kentucky..
  • OUR COASTAL EPICENTER of the totality path is near Awendaw, just 40 minutes south of Georgetown, where you can view the totality for a full two and a half minutes,.
  • THE 1918 SOLAR ECLIPSE was the last one with a path of totality crossing the USA's Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The next one will occur in 2045 with a similar path about 250 miles to the southwest but with a duration lasting twice as long.
Safety First... Protect Your Eyes
SPECIAL ECLIPSE GLASSES with solar filters will allow View safely with eclipse glassesviewers to look at the sun for short periods as the event progresses. It is important to protect your eyes and wear approved glasses to view the eclipse safely. The only time you might view the eclipse without protection is during the short period of totality... and ONLY if you're in the zone of totality.

ECLIPSE2017.NASA.GOV is an excellent website source for information about the August eclipse. Deeply discounted eclipse glasses are available online through, Amazon, Walmart and others for less than $1.50 each.

Eclipse Day Trip Suggestions While You're Here
THE PATH OF TOTALITY extends north to Pawley's Island, about an hour drive south of North Myrtle Beach. An even longer view is predicted for Georgetown than for its more popular neighbor, Charleston.
  • PLAN A DAY TRIP to Georgetown, about an hour and a half south of North Myrtle Beach. Give yourself ample time for a leisurely drive.
  • ENJOY LUNCH at one of the excellent waterfront cafes and restaurants on Georgetown's Front Street.
  • VIEW THE ECLIPSE and the scenic Georgetown harbor from the Downtown Harborwalk.
  • VISIT THE RICE MUSEUM and South Carolina Maritime Museum, both on Front Street.
  • SEE THE HISTORIC Stewart Parker House (1740) and Kaminski House (1769).
  • View the eclipse from the Georgetown HarborwalkSHOP THE ART GALLERIES, the quaint book store, antique and specialty shops of Front Street.
  • FOR A DAY TRIP TO AWENDAW to view the eclipse, suggestions include the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Bulls Bay, Awendaw Passage, and the Seewee Visitors Center.
  • A FAMILY-FRIENDLY viewing party will be hosted by Horry-Georgetown Technical College with children's activities and a speaker from Houston's Lunar & Planetary Institute. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided by Tidelands Health. Event begins at 1:00 PM.


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