Community invited to view partial solar eclipse at USC Aiken on Oct. 14

The community is invited to watch the Annular Solar Eclipse, a partial solar eclipse, on Oct. 14 on the lawn of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Participants can safely view the partial eclipse, which begins at 11:48 a.m. and ends at 2:48 p.m. Maximum partial eclipse, with approximately 47% coverage of the sun, is slated for 1:17 p.m.

An annular eclipse is a type of solar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes between the earth and sun, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. As a result, when the moon is over the center of the sun, a ring of light from the outer edge of the sun is still visible. This type of eclipse is often referred to as a "ring of fire" eclipse. Annular eclipses are less common than total solar eclipses, where the moon completely covers the sun.

The event is sponsored by the DuPont Planetarium, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC Aiken, and the Astronomy Club of Augusta.

For more information, contact Christen Engel, (803) 641-2825,