Millions of Americans are getting ready for next week's solar eclipse.  Skywatchers in a dozen states will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun on August 21st.  The spectacular event will begin Monday at 10:15 a.m. local time, just south of Portland, Oregon.  The eclipse will sweep eastward along a 70 mile wide path across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and the northeast corner of Kansas.  It will then darken skies over Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee before passing over Georgia and the Carolinas on its way toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The total eclipse will be visible for less than three minutes at each viewing location.  The U.S. hasn't had a total eclipse since 1979.  Astronomers say the next one won't happen for another seven years, in April 2024.

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