The Great American Eclipse

Peddie science teacher Nick Guilbert made a journey to South Carolina to experience the August 21st eclipse in its totality. He returned with amazing photography and an incredible story to share with the community.

I had an amazing experience in South Carolina watching the eclipse. It absolutely blew me away.
I ended up making a last-minute call to get as close as I could to the center line of totality rather than join an eclipse 'event' in a city.  I ended up picking a spot that I soon found out was located at the Bar T Ranch outside the (Hightstown-sized) town of Honea Path, SC, about 25 miles due south of Greenville, SC. I joined other surprise visitors from New Jersey, Florida and Georgia, about a dozen of us all together, who ended up at the same location for the same reason. As it turned out, we were less than a mile from the center line of the path of totality in a beautiful area with great southern views. We had 2 minutes and 37 seconds of totality, which is only one second less than the maximum possible in South Carolina... but cottonball clouds played havoc with the entire event. 
It was fun to see the sunlight get gradually dimmer as the eclipse progressed, but totality was simply jaw-dropping. The clouds parted for about 10 to 15 seconds toward the end of totality, revealing this awesome fiery-black thing overhead.

These are the photos I took on that day. The first four are a sequence of shots taken about 20 minutes apart during the partial phase of the eclipse.  The orange tint of the sun in these first four is caused by the solar filter I used on my camera.  It makes the sun look redder than it actually is, but not by a whole lot.

After that, there are these four taken during totality. If you look closely at the second, you can see two tiny red 'solar prominences' (like flares ejected from the sun's surface) at the 3:00 position and about the 4:30 position just outside the moon's disc. The final shot is of the 'diamond-ring effect' as the moon started to uncover the sun just after the end of totality. 

Just a stunning event!  I'd go see another one in a heartbeat.
See Mr. Guilbert's complete video of the solar eclipse below!