The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

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During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely obscures the sun for parts of the Earth. Careful calculations help researchers and the public determine where to go to see the total blackout. (Image credit: Miloslav Druckmüller, Peter Aniol, Martin Dietzel, Vojtech Rusin via NASA)

On Aug. 21, 2017, the United States was treated to a rare celestial performance: a total solar eclipse, in which the Earth passed directly between the moon and the sun. Here's Live Science's coverage of the spectacular event.

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