NASA Lands at the Library Saturday, Aug. 19

The lunar shadow is fast approaching the Lowcountry. Before donning viewing glasses and craning your neck, join the Friends of the Library for a pair of FREE presentations with NASA scientists Alex Young and Paul Hertz.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2:00 p.m., learn where and when to experience the awe-inspiring celestial event with Dr. Young as he discusses the wonder of total solar eclipses.

How do astrophysicists search for planets that orbit stars outside our solar system? Dr. Hertz explores this topic and more on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2:00 p.m.

These events are FREE and open to everyone, and will take place on the third floor of Addlestone Library. Registration is not required.

Both speakers will present in front of NASA’s Hyperwall, open to the public in Addlestone Library Aug. 19-23. For more information, visit our website.

CofC students demo the custom-designed eclipse viewing glasses in front of Randolph Hall. 

Can’t get enough moon-mania? Beat the heat – and crowds – with a special document display featuring rare lunar materials drawn from the collections of the Library and the South Carolina Historical Society:

  • Rare printed images of the moon from materials dating back more than 500 years
  • Hand-drawn illustrations of eclipses occurring in the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • An 1835 handwritten sermon preached on the eclipse by Jasper Adams, a former president of the College
  • Historic almanacs from 1763 (image below) and 1846 featuring eclipse predictions

“Many of my brethren have entertained themselves about the effects of the eclipse…” From the 1763 South-Carolina Almanack in the SCHS Pamphlet Collection. 

The display is viewable only during Special Collections’ business hours. A special thanks to the Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society teams for their help organizing the display.

And don’t forget to pick up your FREE custom-designed eclipse glasses at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library. Glasses are available to all CofC students, faculty, and staff.

Please note: The general public will not be allowed to enter Rivers Green via the Library on Aug. 21 until the campus eclipse viewing event concludes at 3:30 p.m.