Photo courtesy of dconvertini
Photo courtesy of dconvertini

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a rare continent-wide total solar eclipse.  Sure, the last total solar eclipse to occur in the United States was 26 years ago, but a continent-wide total solar eclipse exclusively in the United States hasn’t happened since 1778. 

According to NASA, an estimated 500 million people across North America will be able to observe this rare celestial event.  But to experience the eclipse in its full glory, scientists recommend being in the “path of totality” – a 70-mile wide path stretching across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina.  It is within the “path of totality” where the moon will completely block out the sun, making the corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere, visible.

To see if you’re in the total solar eclipse sweet spot, take a look at NASA’s Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map.  Otherwise, here are some stargazing spots that are worth the road trip. 

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