SPOKANE, Wash.—The space spectacle of the year is less than a week away.
The continental United States will witness its first total solar eclipse since 1979.
On August 21, the moon will pass between the sun and the earth. That movement will cast a shadow on the planet, making it feel like night time in the middle of the day.
The phenomenon typically only lasts two minutes for people in the eclipse’s path.
While many states will see parts of the eclipse, there are 10 states that will undergo one to three minutes of total darkness. Those are the states that are in the middle of the eclipse line.
Those states are Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois. Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.
Through all those states, there will be only one major city with a great view. Nashville will experience over two minutes of total darkness while other people will have to travel to be in the total eclipse zone.
The next total eclipse to cross the Americas will be in 2024.