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The Great American Eclipse Is 2 Weeks Away. Are You Ready?

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental U.S., beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. The last time an eclipse touched both American coasts was in 1918. Eclipse enthusiasts say this phenomenon is one of the most spectacular sights in nature. As a sort of celestial preview, the moon will pass through part of Earth’s shadow in a partial lunar eclipse today (Aug. 7).

Skywatchers throughout the U.S. will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, when the moon covers less than 100 percent of the sun’s disk. But only skywatchers inside the path of totality will see the incredible phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. Wherever you will be, it’s a good idea to haveglasses on hand. Or, you can build your own pinhole camera to watch the moon’s progress across the sun. [Where t solar viewing o See the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, State by State]

 

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