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Solar Eclipse Safety - August 21

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality ( is external)).

Eclipse glass

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • USA map with eclipse pathIf you are within the path of totality

  •  ( is external)), remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.

  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection(link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information: is external)
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National Chemistry Week


NCW celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017 with the theme "Chemistry Rocks!" The NCW 2017 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources are now available.

The South Carolina Local Section sponsors a minigrant program to support your NCW activities.

Project SEED


Summer Research Internship Program for Economically Disadvantaged High School Students

The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare chance to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Project SEED participants at the University of South Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. Chuanbing Tang. 


SERMACS 2017 will be held in Charlotte, NC this November 7 - 11, 2017. The conference will be at the Sheraton Charlotte which has an "Always Welcome" policy and will provide our attendees a fantastic facility. We will have a full day of "Diversity in Science" programming and social events, highlighted by the Stanley C. Israel award ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th. 

Along with over 40 invited symposia and workshops including dozens of Keynote speakers, K-12, Undergraduate, Project SEED and other programming.


The meeting will kick-off with a large Exposition. Premium booths are still available. It will wrap up with a Graduate School/Future Fair for students to discover their next steps. 

#Charlottesgotalot of activities for all of our guests. We are looking forward to welcoming the ACS community to Charlotte for the first time in over 30 years. We hope to engage scientists, students, educators, and our regional industrial partners in a week of exchange and growth. We are Building Community Through Science.

Save the date: November 7 - 11, 2017 and find out how to get involved. Contact our General Chair, Jordan Poler ( for additional information and partnership opportunities. 

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Welcome Y'all!

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2017 James Bryant Conant Award



Laura E. Slocum of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia has been named the recipient of the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X.  She received her award at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  The award sponsored by Thermo Fischer Scientfic, Inc. is the American Chemical Society's highest honor that is presented to a high school teacher. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate.  Laura serves as an alternate councilor for the South Carolina Section.


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