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Total Eclipse: Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy

Robert Ariail, a native of Sumter, began practicing astronomy as a youth in the 1940s. He built a collection encompassing more than 5,200 rare books and star atlases, scientific journals, offprints and manuscripts now housed at USC’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Works on display include rare atlases, prints and manuscripts illustrating the progress of astronomy, texts illustrating humanity’s progressive understanding of solar eclipses, books documenting the transition of astronomy from a specialized science to a popular amateur pursuit and Ariail’s own astronomical observations. Total Eclipse: Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy is on view October 4 – December 20 at USC Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library Gallery. Free.