Solar Eclipse 101

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Published on 2017-08-15 by American Museum of Natural History

On August 21, 2017, the long-anticipated total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Oregon to South Carolina as the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse was in 1979, and the next one won’t be until 2024. Learn more about the science and significance of this phenomenon and the best way to view it—whether you’re in the “path of totality” or elsewhere (New Yorkers, for example, will be able to see the Moon cover a ...

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