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Everything you need to know about solar eclipses

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 11: TOKYO - JULY 22: In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and transmitted with the help of NICT and JAXA, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 in Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan. The longest total eclipse of the sun of this century triggered tourist fever in Asia as astronomy enthusiasts from home and abroad flocked to watch the event The eclipse was visible from within a narrow corridor that begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. (Photo by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan via Getty Images)

On Aug. 21, 2017, most of North America will witness one of nature’s greatest events – an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality (from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina) can see a total solar eclipse. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse.

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