United States prepares for coast-to-coast total solar eclipse

Toby Manning
February 22, 2017

Millions of Americans will be able to witness the total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. The place where the total solar eclipse will last the longest (approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds) will be near Lick Creek, IL. Professional astronomers, amateur star gazers and even casual watchers of the sky are getting excited.

Although a total solar eclipse will not be viewable in Cincinnati, most of the sun will become eclipsed.

The moon's shadow will pass from the Pacific Northwest all the way to the Atlantic coast.

According to Dave, "This will seem like the shortest two and one-half minutes you have ever experienced, but I guarantee it will be among the most memorable".

If you can't make it to Bowling Green, you'll still get quite a show in the Tri-State.

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A total solar eclipse later this year will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for millions of people.

If you miss the 2017 total eclipse, don't worry, another total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. The path of the solar eclipse will start in OR and end over the Carolinas.

Getting away from work or school on a Monday afternoon in order to travel hundreds of miles could be tough. No darkening glasses will be required to view the total phase of the eclipse.

Looking at the sun is unsafe. Eye protection using filters approved to block all but a small portion of sunlight entering the observer's eye must be worn throughout the partial phases. When you look through these ultra-dark shades, you can safely look at the sun anytime. The last time a total solar eclipse traversed the United States, along a comparable path, was 99 years ago. This is the moment we've been waiting for - being at the right place at the right time on August 21.

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