Total solar eclipse in August

It hasn't happened in the U.S. since 1979. Monday, August 21st, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse.

This is when the moon will completely cover the sun. Not all of the U.S. will see a total eclipse, since only 14 states are in its direct path. However, all of North America will at least see a partial one.

In our region, it's expected that 90% of the sun will be covered. According to experts, you'll most likely be able to see it around one o'clock in the afternoon.

"The moon's shadow will travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, crossing the entire U.S. and during the period that the moon totally blocks out the sun, you can actually see the stars in the daytime and you can see the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, which is usually obscured," said Ralph Crewe, Program Development Coordinator for the Buhl Planetarium and Conservatory at Carnegie Science Center.

The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024.

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