Do It Yourself Eclipse

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A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most astonishing sights and occurs when the moon is positioned directly between the sun and the earth, temporarily blocking our view of the sun. While the 2017 Solar Eclipse can be viewed from anywhere in North America, only those directly under the "path of totality" will be able to experience the natural phenomenon in all its glory, when the moon's shadow will block out our view of the sun.

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The "path of totality" is a stretch of land approximately 70 miles wide spanning from Oregon across the country to South Carolina.

Cloudy skies, crowds or distance keeping you from the path of totality? Don’t worry, use the sliders below to create your own solar eclipse experience. 

painted hills, oregon

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Idaho falls, Idaho

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Grand teton national park, wyoming

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lincoln, Nebraska

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St. Louis, Missouri

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Nashville, tennessee

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Charleston, South Carolina

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