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Total solar eclipse

The day the sun disappears

For a brief moment, day will turn to night.

When the Earth, moon and sun line up just right, the moon blocks the sun’s entire surface, creating the total eclipse.

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Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens about once in 375 years.

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The last time one crossed the US from the Pacific to the Atlantic was 99 years ago.

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You’ll have to wait until 2045 to see another total solar eclipse like this one.

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To see the eclipse in totality, where the moon completely blocks the sun, you’ll need to be inside this narrow 70-mile wide swath.

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Carbondale, Illinois, will experience the longest duration of the total eclipse, clocking in at two minutes and 43 seconds.

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No matter where you’re watching, you should avoid looking at the sun with your naked eye. And you should only remove your eclipse glasses at the moment of total solar eclipse.

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