courtesy of Johnny Horne
The last glint of sunlight vanished behind the edge of the moon producing the "diamond ring" effect during the  total solar eclipse of Feb. 26, 1998. This picture was made from the deck of the cruise ship MS Statendam, located off the coast of Venezuela.
Eclipse, it’s all about science

Two days into the 2017 school year, South Carolina students are getting a three-day weekend.
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse crosses America, traveling between 1,500 and 3,000 miles per hour. At those speeds the eclipse needs about  94 minutes to go from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans.
It will likely be the most watched eclipse, and South Carolina – if the weather is right – offers the best places for anyone on the East Coast to view the historic event.