Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

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WASHINGTON: For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe. During the eclipse on August 21-the first of its kind since 1918— the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, or solar corona, as well as bright stars and planets. Observers will be able to see the moon’s 70-mile (113-kilometer) wide shadow from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east over the course of more than two daylight hours, with two minutes of darkness engulfing 14 states. The US will be the only country to experience the total eclipse, and international visitors are expected to descend for the event.

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