Don’t miss the Party of the Century Monday afternoon

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By Cierra Mills
The Carolinian

We are counting down the days until witnessing a historical moment. Most Upstate South Carolina residents will experience nearly three minutes of complete darkness starting at 2:39 p.m. Monday.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, causing the shadow of the moon to fall on Earth’s surface, according to Space.com. The last total solar eclipse visible from South Carolina occurred in 1970, according to Eclipsewise.com. Spartanburg is just out of the path of totality.

USC Upstate will host the Solar Eclipse Party of the Century Monday from 1:30-3 p.m. on the patio of the Campus Life Center. The party will feature a DJ, glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, snacks, drinks, and informational handouts. Student Affairs will give out free solar eclipse viewing glasses to attendees.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division gives several tips to handle the more than one million visitors expected to travel to South Carolina:

  • Once you get to your eclipse event, it’s best to stay until the eclipse is over.
  • If driving during the eclipse, keep moving and don’t stop to view.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination due to traffic crowds.
  • Be prepared for the heat – bring water bottles and sunscreen, and don’t forget to wear protective viewing glasses.
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