New Exhibit Chronicles History of Solar Eclipses

A new exhibit opening Thursday at the University of South Carolina, will chronicle the history of solar eclipses

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A new exhibit opening Thursday in the Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina, will chronicle the history of solar eclipses.

A highlights exhibition of the university’s extensive Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy will showcase some of the nearly 6,000 manuscripts, books, magazines, newspapers and artifacts ranging from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Many of the materials detail solar eclipses throughout history.

The collection was donated by amateur astronomer Robert Ariail. The Carolina graduate spent most of his life collecting the books, and the items in the exhibition will showcase the most rare and timely pieces.

The gallery will be open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, August 17, 18 and 21, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., August 19.

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