5 Things You Need To Know About A Total Solar Eclipse

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1. Total solar eclipses are considered one of the most beautiful sights in nature. People often describe the experience of seeing a total solar eclipse as "life changing."
2. During the eclipse, the moon will completely cover the face of the sun for less than 3 minutes.The exact duration and timing of totality depend on where you are in the eclipse path.
3. The last total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. was in 1979. The next one is in 2024.
4. When the moon completely covers the sun's disk, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye.

IMPORTANT: NEVER look directly at the eclipse while any part of the solar disk is visible.

5. Aug. 21, 2017, will likely be one of the worst traffic days in American history. Millions of people are expected to commute into the eclipse path.