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  • In totality's path, eclipse mania overshadows fears of Eclipsemageddon

    August 20, 2017 11:14 PM 22

    Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post MADRAS, Ore. - This one's different. This one's somehow bigger and brighter, eclipsing all previous eclipses. There's a total solar eclipse roughly every 18 months somewhere on the Earth, but the United States shares Monday's spectacle with no other country (not for nothing is it branded the Great American Eclipse

  • Solar eclipse transforms tiny Oregon town into red hot tourist destination

    August 20, 2017 10:02 PM 14

    Madras, pop. 7,000 — dubbed 'Eclipseville' — expects close to 100,000 solar-eclipse visitors On a large map mounted on a barn wall, hundreds of visitors are pushing pins to mark their hometowns. The pins cover the globe, literally from Botswana to Barrie, Ont., which is where Marc Francis sticks his red pin. "I've been studying astronomy for a number

  • Before a Solar Eclipse Crosses 14 States, a Great American Road Trip

    August 20, 2017 9:25 PM 2

    In Nashville, officials were preparing for a greater number of cars on the road and most concerned about drivers stopping during the total eclipse. “We just hope the citizens don’t cause any obstructions,” said Don Aaron, a public affairs manager at the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. In Carbondale, where the moon will obscure the sun for more than two and a half minutes

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

    August 20, 2017 7:35 PM 3

    Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years. Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted

  • Photos: The Eclipse Is Coming. Are You Ready?

    August 20, 2017 6:05 PM 11

    As Sunday afternoon rolled round, Americans who might normally dread the arrival of another Monday instead busied themselves preparing for the first total coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century. the locations where the sun will appear to be completely blotted out by the moon, with only a thin corona of light visible. Dozens of festivals and gatherings

  • Solar Eclipse: Here’s the Weather Forecast for the Big Day

    August 20, 2017 5:35 PM 2

    With a once-in-a-generation celestial event just one day away, the question across the nation is: Will cloud cover get in the "Great American Eclipse" experience? A swath of the United States from stretching coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina, will have the chance to see the moon completely cross in front of the sun on Monday. The full eclipse

  • Everything to Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Why, When and Where to Check It Out

    August 20, 2017 3:00 PM 2

    Unless you've been living under a rock with no WiFi for the past few weeks—and if you have, man, we're jealous—you know there's a total solar eclipse on Monday. It'll be the first to span the U.S. in nearly a century, and people are already going crazy, ordering eclipse glasses en masse, traveling to the best viewing spots and throwing all-day parties

  • What Happens to Your Eyes If You Look Directly at the Sun During a Solar Eclipse?

    August 20, 2017 1:01 PM 2

    For the first time in U.S. history, a solar eclipse will travel exclusively across America, enabling millions of people to view the moon block out the sun on Aug. 21. But those who watch this rare celestial event need to take precautions, because staring right at the sun can quickly harm your eyes. The path of totality, which is about 70 miles wide, is viewable

  • What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

    August 20, 2017 12:04 PM 5

    A partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes almost directly between the sun and the Earth. North Americans who are outside the approximately 70-mile-wide path of totality will experience a partial eclipse on Monday. (You can see just how much of the sun will be covered from your vantage point here.) Unlike a total solar eclipse, a partial eclipse does not entirely

  • A total eclipse of the States

    August 20, 2017 11:17 AM 5

    Americans are gearing up for a coast-to-coast total eclipse that can be seen within driving range of 200 million people. During the American eclipse of 1854, photography was in its infancy. Back then, William and Frederick Langenheim were among the small number of shutterbugs who captured the event on sheets of silver-plated copper, known as daguerreotypes