Technology Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

20:56  20 august  2017
20:56  20 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

What time is the solar eclipse where I live?

  What time is the solar eclipse where I live? You'll need perfect timing to catch the exact moment the moon blocks the sun in your city. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 lasts less than a minute in some places, while a partial eclipse can be visible for an hour or more.

Millions of Americans are converging on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday. It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U . S . in 99 years.

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Clayton Uyeda and his wife Jo are photographed along Dallas Rd. in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The couple will be enjoying the partial eclipse while traveling from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen ferry terminal on the mainland. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP) © The Associated Press Clayton Uyeda and his wife Jo are photographed along Dallas Rd. in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The couple will be enjoying the partial eclipse while traveling from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen ferry terminal on the mainland. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP)

Millions of Americans are converging on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday.

It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in 99 years.

With 200 million people within a day's drive of the path of totality, towns and parks are bracing for monumental crowds. It's expected to be the most observed, most studied and most photographed eclipse ever. Not to mention the most festive, what with all the parties.

Astronomers consider a full solar eclipse the grandest of cosmic spectacles. Southernmost Illinois will see the most darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

All of North America will get at least a partial eclipse.

This is the only eclipse photo you need .
If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now. A NASA photographer captured this incredible eclipse photobomb during the partial eclipse. If you look closely, you can see the International Space Station transiting over the front of the sun, just before the moon blocks everything out.

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