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#TBT: 2017 Solar Eclipse

August 23, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Presents by Kaitlyn Park

Did you know that it was just a year ago on Tuesday, Aug. 21, when South Carolina witnessed a legendary total solar eclipse?

South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) partnered with UNC-TV in Columbia, the 3rd largest city in the U.S. on the centerline, that had the extremely rare experience of witnessing a 100% total solar eclipse. South Carolina had more than 1.6 million tourists during the total solar eclipse.

SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio had a series of multi-platform segments to prepare viewers and listeners for the total solar eclipse event. The day of the eclipse, SCETV simulcast live on radio, TV and streaming from the South Carolina State Museum, capturing the “path of totality” for viewers and listeners throughout the state and beyond. 

In SCETV's Emmy-nominated coverage, as the eclipse entered the Piedmont, Gavin Jackson spoke with naturalist Patrick McMillan about the eclipse's effect on the local wildlife. Back in Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum and its observatory, host Beryl Dakers spoke with astronaut Charles Duke about the 45th anniversary of his moon walk and artifacts that are housed at the museum. South Carolina Public Radio's Tut Underwood reported from a special Columbia Fireflies game. Finally, in Charleston, South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hansen reported from the College of Charleston Campus Viewing Celebration.

What was so unique about this production was the live reporting from four separate locations, while SCETV followed the eclipse as it exited to the Atlantic. You may have been busy viewing the event live in the great outdoors, but for today's #ThrowbackThursday, relive the spectacle of 2017's Total Solar Eclipse.

What was your favorite part of 2017's Total Solar Eclipse? Please comment below!

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