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The 12 Best Places in America to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse

The Active Times Logo By Hristina Byrnes of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 13: <p>A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking it as viewed from <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/world/50-most-beautiful-places-planet"><strong>some places on the planet</strong></a>. During a total solar eclipse, a very rare phenomenon, the moon completely obscures the sun so that only the sun’s corona is visible for a few seconds, sometimes for two minutes. A total solar eclipse will be visible along a roughly 67-mile wide path across the U.S. on August 21. This will be the <a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/where-see-incredible-natural-phenomena"><strong>first such event</strong></a> to cross the country in 38 years. Even more significantly, this is the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years.</p>

The 12 Best Places in America to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking it as viewed from some places on the planet. During a total solar eclipse, a very rare phenomenon, the moon completely obscures the sun so that only the sun’s corona is visible for a few seconds, sometimes for two minutes. A total solar eclipse will be visible along a roughly 67-mile wide path across the U.S. on August 21. This will be the first such event to cross the country in 38 years. Even more significantly, this is the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years.

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