Great American Eclipse 2017: Best places and timings to see the eclipse

Nupur Jha
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The US will see a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years, during which the sun will be partly invisible for a short while. The last total solar eclipse visible over mainland US took place in June 8, 1918.

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The "total solar eclipse" is also referred to as the "Great American Eclipse" as it can be seen only in the US.

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It will take place on August 21, 2017 during which the Sun will partly disappear. A 70-mile-wide shadow path or umbra will diagonally pass over 12 states in America from Oregon to South Carolina, a latimes.com report said.

The Sun and the moon will put up an interesting show in American skies and leave sky-watchers stunned as the the big star is covered by the Moon's shadow. The event is likely to last for around one-and-a-half hour.

The eclipse will make other stars visible during the day.

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You can get a good view of this cosmic event in Nashville, Kansas city and Charleston, according to a CNN report.

People are very excited to witness this event, and some are even booking hotels to get a good view.

Here is the duration and timings of the Great American Eclipse:

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Madras, Oregon

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 4 seconds

Totality begins at 10.19 am PDT

Snake River Valley, Idaho

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 18 seconds

Totality begins at 11.33 am MDT

Casper, Wyoming

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Totality begins at 11.42 am MDT

Sandhills of western Nebraska

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Totality begins at 11.49 am MDT

St. Joseph, Missouri

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 39 seconds

Totality begins at 1.06 pm CDT

Carbondale, Illinois

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds

Totality begins at 1.20 pm CDT

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 41.2 seconds

Totality begins at 1.24 pm CDT

Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality is 1 minute, 57 seconds

Totality begins at 1.27 pm CDT

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duration of totality is 1 minute, 17 seconds

Totality begins at 2.35 pm EDT

Columbia, South Carolina

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Totality begins at 2.43 pm EDT

Source: greatamericaneclipse.com

Check out the path of the Total Solar Eclipse across America in this video:

YouTube/ NASA.gov Video

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