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The 'Great American Eclipse' Is Less Than A Year Away

About a year from now, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across many parts of the U.S.

On August 21, 2017, much of the country will be treated to one of the most visually striking phenomena in all of the sky and world.

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According to USA Today, "It will be the first total eclipse visible only in the USA since the country was founded in 1776."

Describing what the event will be like, NASA notes, "the path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in northern Pacific and crosses the USA from west to east through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering most of North America."

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A total solar eclipse is seen from the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Maluku Islands on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse is seen from the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Maluku Islands on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse is seen from the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Maluku Islands on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse is seen from the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Maluku Islands on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows a partial solar eclipse behind a star and crescent symbol atop a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows a partial solar eclipse behind a star and crescent symbol atop a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Malaysian school girl wearing glasses with special filters watches the partial solar esclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Malaysian school girl uses home made glasses with special filters to watch the partial solar esclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture shows the moon passing in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Phnom Penh on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken through a telescope shows a partial solar esclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture shows the moon passing in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Naypyidaw on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a passenger capsule of the Singapore Flyer Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Singapore. The last eclipse happened in Singapore in January, 2009 and the next solar eclipse, an annular one, will occur on December 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Malaysian school children wearing glasses with special filters watch the partial solar esclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on March 9, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A local Balinese security guard wears goggles to watch a solar eclipse in the sky during Nyepi, the annual "Day of Silence" during which Balinese Hindus welcome the New Year in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnwati)
Children wear goggles to watch a solar eclipse in the sky during Nyepi, the annual "Day of Silence" during which Balinese Hindus welcome the New Year in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnwati)
A partial solar eclipse is seen at Serangan village in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A partial solar eclipse is seen at Serangan village in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A family wear goggles to watch a solar eclipse in the sky during Nyepi, the annual "Day of Silence" during which Balinese Hindus welcome the New Year in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnwati)
A family wear goggles to watch a solar eclipse in the sky during Nyepi, the annual "Day of Silence" during which Balinese Hindus welcome the New Year in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnwati)
A man watches a solar eclipse through an x-ray film in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rare astronomical event is being witnessed Wednesday along a narrow path that stretches across 12 provinces encompassing three times zones and about 40 million people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
People look up at the sun wearing protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rare astronomical event is being witnessed Wednesday along a narrow path that stretches across 12 provinces encompassing three times zones and about 40 million people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
People look up at the sun wearing protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rare astronomical event is being witnessed Wednesday along a narrow path that stretches across 12 provinces encompassing three times zones and about 40 million people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
People look up at the sun wearing protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rare astronomical event is being witnessed Wednesday along a narrow path that stretches across 12 provinces encompassing three times zones and about 40 million people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Anyone in the continental U.S. will be able to view at least a partial eclipse lasting around two minutes but those best-placed along the eclipse's trajectory will see a total eclipse lasting around two minutes and 42 seconds.

And, though it's never advisable to stare directly at the sun without protection, the totality is safe to look at, according to NASA.

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