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Two Months Away: Where Are the Best Places to Catch August’s Solar Eclipse?

Galloway Astronomy Society Prepare For Friday's Eclipse
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The countdown has reached two months for planet Earth’s latest solar eclipse – the first one visible in America since 1979.

Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will completely (depending on where you are) blot out the sun in the midday sky, and considering it won’t happen again until April of 2024, you may want to take some time to enjoy this one while you can.

HOW TO VIEW ECLIPSE SAFELY

And while we’ll get a pretty good show in Sioux Falls at about 11:37 AM that morning, there are places within a day’s drive where you can get the full effect of this galactic phenomenon.

Four-and-a-half-hours away, in St. Joseph, Missouri, you can catch the eclipse for two minutes, 39 seconds, at 1:06 PM.

If you heading south and west, check out North Platte, Nebraska – six hours away – where the sky will go dark for one minute, 50 seconds, in town, or two minutes, 30 seconds, north of town, at 11:49 AM.

Overall, there are 11 places in the United States – stretching from Oregon to South Carolina – that are considered prime viewing spots for the solar eclipse along the 100-mile wide Path of Totality:


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