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Total Solar Eclipse, 1st in 99 years, to sweep US

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On August 21, the entire United States will be able to see something rare - a solar eclipse.  

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. 

Eclipses of the sun occur when the sun and moon are the same angular size. The 2017 solar eclipse is expected to last between 2 to 3 hours. 

Eastern Iowa is not in the path of "totality" or a complete covering of the sun by the moon. Only a very small sliver of southwestern Iowa will see a total eclipse.

There will be a small sliver of sun visible during the eclipse, but most of it will be covered in our skies.

Expect a period of darkness and cooling during the middle of the day on August 21.  For eastern Iowa the window of opportunity for the eclipse (from start to end) is roughly 11:45 AM to 2:45 PM.

Take a look at the map below: 

To view the eclipse, you should not look at the sun with the naked eye. Safety glasses are required to view the eclipse in order to protect eyes.

The last solar eclipse seen from the Lower 48 was February 26, 1979. The next eclipse won't be until 2024 (so not as long as our last wait). 

View the eclipse from multiple locations and perspectives below. 

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