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This year’s total solar eclipse will start in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 10:15 a.m. (PST) and end at 2:45 p.m. (EST).  This will be the first eclipse in nearly 100 years to affect such a large portion of the US.  Fourteen states will be on the path of totality, and many bordering or outside states will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse. 

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And although it would seem that total solar eclipses, or eclipses at all, should occur more regularly, the truth is—they are elusive in the US, with the next one not occurring until April 8th, 2014—eight years away.  Solar eclipses do happen around the world about once every eighteen months, but rarely is the path of totality in an easily accessible place, making this year’s eclipse an even more exciting!

Without having to go much further than your backyard, work parking lot, school playground, or nearest rooftop bar, you will have a good chance of seeing either the total solar eclipse, or a partial solar eclipse. So where will you be on the 21st?