From private backyards and rooftops to high school football fields, lakes and state parks, solar eclipse watchers set to arrive in Greenwood for the event will have many options to witness history.

Room reservations for Aug. 21 started trickling in more than a year ago at the Belmont Inn on Abbeville's historic square.

Schools will start a few days earlier in South Carolina after the General Assembly approved Aug. 17 as the start date so districts can use the transcontinental solar eclipse on Aug. 21 as a teaching moment for students.

While South Carolina prepares for a mass of visitors to view the solar eclipse Aug. 21, a team of three at Lander University is preparing to document the phenomenon with a high-powered telescope from the National Solar Observatory.