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The Great American Eclipse Era Is About To Begin

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For generations of Americans, the chance to see a total eclipse anywhere near home has never happened.  The last total eclipse in the continental United States was in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest.  Prior to that, the Southeast Coast Eclipse of 1970 was the other great chance.  Eclipses in the U.S. have been exceedingly rare.

Eclipses in the US were also rare throughout the 20th Century.   We have had nine total eclipses in the US, most with short paths, for the entire 20th Century and it's been about a century since the last coast to coast total solar eclipse in 1918.

This is all changing beginning on August 21st.  The Great American Solar Eclipse will run from coast to coast and be the first of 3 spectacular eclipses that will occur in the United States over the coming quarter century.  For those under 38 years old, there hasn't been a single total eclipse in the US.  For those older, none of the eclipses within our lifetimes covered the amounts of territory that these 3 will cross. How fortunate for the younger generations to see these kind of spectacles on multiple occasions.

The path of the August 21 eclipse runs from Oregon to South Carolina with Hopkinsville, Kentucky being the point of greatest eclipse.  It will cast a narrow, approximately 70 mile wide shadow across the Earth.  It will be followed in 2024 by another total eclipse that runs from Texas to Maine.  It's wider path than the upcoming eclipse will also clip far western Kentucky with totality.  The biggest of them all, and what is believed to be the largest eclipse to ever occur within the United States will be on August 12, 2045.  It will have a path 160 miles wide and the time of totality will be more than 6 minutes at its peak.  The path cuts from California to Florida for the greatest show of them all.

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