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When day turns into night: First coast to coast total solar eclipse in 99 years coming on August 21st

Date Posted: 2017-07-10
Source: WGN9

On August 21, the sun will disappear across America.

For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day.

Fourteen states across the US will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast between 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time in Oregon until about 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time in South Carolina.

Even if you live elsewhere in North America, a portion of the sun will partially disappear near midday. Parts of South America, Africa, Europe and Asia will also experience a partial eclipse.

It is being called the “Great American Eclipse.” And you can mark it on your calendar, down to the millisecond.

It’s been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The total solar eclipse on June 8, 1918, crossed from Washington to Florida.

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Editor's Note: The eclipse is not total in places like Virginia, but eyecare is still recommended. Here is a link to information on how the event will affect the Chesapeake Bay area. To see a total eclipse Virginians will have to travel south to the Carolinas.

See also "When day turns into night."

 

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