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    On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will have a once in a lifetime chance to observe one of Mother Nature's most incredible spectacles, a total solar eclipse.

    For the first time in 99 years the total phase of the solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow path spanning the entire territory of the United States from the West Coast to the East Coast.

    Americans are excitedly preparing for this unique experience: according to reports there are about 8 million people who will be lining the route of this spectacular phenomenon.

    Facts you might want to know

    1. Americans will have to wait until August 12, 2045 for another glimpse of an eclipse on the scale of this year's event.

    2. In most regions, the sun will completely go into the shade for 2 minutes and 40 seconds, according to the portal space.com.

    The annular solar eclipse in Hyogo, Japan, 5 21 2012
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    The annular solar eclipse in Hyogo, Japan, 5 21 2012

    3. A total eclipse can be observed in the territory from Oregon to South Carolina. In other parts of the country, the eclipse will be partial.

    4. Over 30% of Americans plan to watch the eclipse, while 36% are still thinking about it. Thirty one percent of the respondents turned out to be not interested in the event, according to a poll by CBS News.

    5. Many cities will organize special events for those wanting to experience this once in a lifetime event. For instance, in some places airports will provide the public with "a large number of safe telescopes." Organizers also plan to invite astronomers, who will explain to the audience what is going on.

    6. Washington's residents are not very excited about the upcoming event. The main reason is that it will take place in the middle of a working day.

    7. Hotels and hostels are already overbooked. Those, who didn't book the rooms in advance, might face difficulties with finding a place to stay overnight.

    8. Experts recommend US residents take special measures in order to avoid health problems. One of them is to use binoculars and special protective glasses while watching the eclipse.


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