Easley experiences the Total Solar Eclipse

And it begins …
Pickens County was one of the best places to view the eclipse.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun.
Becoming more pronounced.

And it begins …

Pickens County was one of the best places to view the eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun.

Becoming more pronounced.

Various viewing parties and events were set up throughout the county but really, the big winners were all of us who already live here: Pickens County residents who had to do nothing more than step out on our front porch to see it.

Highway 85 was backed up for miles, as was US 123 with travelers anxious to stake out a prime location to watch.

Getting closer!

It is estimated thousands of people traveled to SC to watch the eclipse.

Clemson University gave away 50,000 pairs of eclipse safety glasses.

Streetlights popped on as the skies went dark.

Almost there …

The next solar eclipse won’t hit upstate S.C. until 2078.

Totality lasted just over two minutes in the Upstate.

“That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” said Easley City Councilman Terry Moore.

Viewers were able to see totality without safety glasses.

Family and friends gathering to watch. Selfie time!

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.

Safety first!

Heading to the vewing party!

Crowds gathered in front of the high schools.

A reader submitted this view of the eclipse from Ohio.

As seen from Easley.

Clouds briefly threatened the Upstate’s view but moved off.

Wendy Johnson in Charleston missed out on the eclipse due to heavy clouds and rain.

An ER patient at Baptist Easley didn’t want to miss the eclipse, so the staff wheeled her out to see it!

Viewers gathering at J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex.

Joe Elbaum fashioned his own solar filter.

Emme Jones was super excited to see her first ever eclipse.

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.

And it begins …
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_030.jpgAnd it begins … Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Pickens County was one of the best places to view the eclipse.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_031-1.jpgPickens County was one of the best places to view the eclipse. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_053.jpgA solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Becoming more pronounced.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_067-1.jpgBecoming more pronounced. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Various viewing parties and events were set up throughout the county but really, the big winners were all of us who already live here: Pickens County residents who had to do nothing more than step out on our front porch to see it.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_080.jpgVarious viewing parties and events were set up throughout the county but really, the big winners were all of us who already live here: Pickens County residents who had to do nothing more than step out on our front porch to see it. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Highway 85 was backed up for miles, as was US 123 with travelers anxious to stake out a prime location to watch.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_105-1.jpgHighway 85 was backed up for miles, as was US 123 with travelers anxious to stake out a prime location to watch. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Getting closer!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_120.jpgGetting closer! Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

It is estimated thousands of people traveled to SC to watch the eclipse.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_124.jpgIt is estimated thousands of people traveled to SC to watch the eclipse. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Clemson University gave away 50,000 pairs of eclipse safety glasses.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_130.jpgClemson University gave away 50,000 pairs of eclipse safety glasses. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Streetlights popped on as the skies went dark.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_131.jpgStreetlights popped on as the skies went dark. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Almost there …
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_174.jpgAlmost there … Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The next solar eclipse won’t hit upstate S.C. until 2078.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_196.jpgThe next solar eclipse won’t hit upstate S.C. until 2078. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Totality lasted just over two minutes in the Upstate.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_221.jpgTotality lasted just over two minutes in the Upstate. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

“That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” said Easley City Councilman Terry Moore.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_228.jpg“That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” said Easley City Councilman Terry Moore. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Viewers were able to see totality without safety glasses.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_230.jpgViewers were able to see totality without safety glasses. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Family and friends gathering to watch. Selfie time!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse1.jpgFamily and friends gathering to watch. Selfie time! Courtesy photos

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse10.jpgResidents and staff at Magnolias of Easley. Courtesy photos

Safety first!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse11.jpgSafety first! Courtesy photos

Heading to the vewing party!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse12.jpgHeading to the vewing party! Courtesy photos

Crowds gathered in front of the high schools.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse13.jpgCrowds gathered in front of the high schools. Courtesy photos

A reader submitted this view of the eclipse from Ohio.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse14.jpgA reader submitted this view of the eclipse from Ohio. Courtesy photos

As seen from Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse15.jpgAs seen from Easley. Courtesy photos

Clouds briefly threatened the Upstate’s view but moved off.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse16.jpgClouds briefly threatened the Upstate’s view but moved off. Courtesy photos

Wendy Johnson in Charleston missed out on the eclipse due to heavy clouds and rain.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse17.jpgWendy Johnson in Charleston missed out on the eclipse due to heavy clouds and rain. Courtesy photos

An ER patient at Baptist Easley didn’t want to miss the eclipse, so the staff wheeled her out to see it!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse2.jpgAn ER patient at Baptist Easley didn’t want to miss the eclipse, so the staff wheeled her out to see it! Courtesy photos

Viewers gathering at J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse3.jpgViewers gathering at J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Joe Elbaum fashioned his own solar filter.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse4.jpgJoe Elbaum fashioned his own solar filter. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Emme Jones was super excited to see her first ever eclipse.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse5.jpgEmme Jones was super excited to see her first ever eclipse. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse6.jpgResidents and staff at Magnolias of Easley. Courtesy photos

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse7.jpgResidents and staff at Magnolias of Easley. Courtesy photos

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse8.jpgResidents and staff at Magnolias of Easley. Courtesy photos

Residents and staff at Magnolias of Easley.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse9.jpgResidents and staff at Magnolias of Easley. Courtesy photos

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.