Watch Live: Today's Once-In-A-Century Solar Eclipse

Experiencing a total solar eclipse is rare. And a solar eclipse that emcompasses the entire Continental US is even more rare. Which is why people from across the US will take a break from work and school and go outside for a glimpse of a total eclipse that's expected to last just two minutes and 40 seconds.

The eclipse is expected to make landfall near Depoe Bay, Oregon at 10:15 local time and it will eventually pass into the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina around 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Anyone who misses out on this year's eclipse will have to wait seven years until the next one in April 2024.

In total, the moon will cast its shadow over the U.S. just a little longer than the duration of a feature movie, 1h and 33 minutes.

Observers outside the direct path of the total eclipse will still see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers just part of the sun. The next total eclipse over parts of North America won't be witnessed until April 2024, then crossing from the south west, from Mexico, to the north east, towards Canada.

Luckily, for those chained to their desks, NASA has several livefeeds that will be monitoring the eclipse as it crosses the US.

According to Statista, the last eclipse to touch any part of the US occurred in July 1991, with only Hawaii experiencing it. The experience for locals was hampered by poor weather. But today’s event is even more rare, Statista explains, because it will cross the US from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast – the first to do so since 1918.

“The last total eclipse within the contiguous 48 United States occurred on February 26, 1979.


The "cosmic ballet" today is going to be the first one since 1918 where the path of darkness will cross the Pacific and Atlantic coasts as well as the first that will make landfall exclusively in the U.S. since independence in 1776.”

The eclipse’s 70-mile wide path of totality, an area where the moon will completel block out the Sun, plunging the area into darkness for a few minutes, doesn’t pass through any major US cities. However, nearly 200 million Americans live within a day’s drive of the eclipse, so towns and national parks in the 12 states within the path are bracing for a massive influx of visitors.

Infographic: A Total Eclipse Is A Rare Event  | Statista

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Not sure when to start watching? Check out the eclipse timeline below:


Ignatius Akzed Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:21 Permalink

The ability to predict -- to the second -- where the eclipse would be, its extent, and when.  This in itself demonstrates the accuracy of the orbital model.Experienced it here live in Oregon with the family."Where did the dark go?"  --  my 2 yr old grandson to his mother after the event and return of the sun

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StarGate Ignatius Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:12 Permalink

The forest became very quiet.
The sky became a light rose in the East as if in Sunset just before the darkness enveloped the land.
In the far distance a faint night lit glimmered triggered as if by evening twilight. Felt similar to the Midnight Sun in the Artic circle of Norway. As the Sun descends but then just skims the horizon blending Sunset and Sunrise.

Prayed for the reunification of North and South Korea. Imagined families reunited. The resources of the North sharing by railroad with the industry of the South.

Prayed for an awakening across the USA as the Light dimmed, darkness descended, then a New Light appeared. Sent blessings to all of You.

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Raffie MANvsMACHINE Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

I got my sun viewing shades last week.Where I am was only down to %10. Seen some lite shading, felt the temp drop a little.Did not feel like driving 300+ miles south to see the %100 last night. LOL...Mass youtube videos on it. Still was cool to see. Think the next full solar eclipse going coast to coast will be in 600million years from now. 

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SilverDoctors Grouchy-Bear Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

GDP will soon be the least of our concerns...I heard these word from the Lord upon awakening this morning."America as you look to the sky today and ponder the eclipse of the sun, will you not ask yourself why I have caused it to happen this day? Am I not the Creator and have I not set the heavenly bodies into motion?It was not by chance that everything has been created and deep down in your hearts you know this.Nothing can come for nothing and everything comes from I AM.This once was a nation that feared Me and followed My ways but now there is but a remnant who do.These you will persecute, revile and wrongly accuse very soon but know this, I AM watching you.There is nothing that escapes My sight! I see your wicked hearts and evil schemes.Today as the darkness falls upon America from coast to coast, I tell you this is a symbolic marker of the darkness of the many judgments even now coming upon America.I have warned you over and over again and you harden your hearts ever more.My judgments come to show you that you need Me and so you may repent of your great sin.I know who will break and cry out for My mercy and I know those who will stiffen their necks and not turn to Me. Now all shall know!America, as you look at the sun today and see how truly small you are;will you not also look to My Son and know that by Him it was  created.The blood of Jesus will eclipse your sin if you repent and let Him in.Do not delay!Today is the day of salvation.You are not promised tomorrow!I love you!Your Heavenly Father"

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SilverDoctors Edward Morbius Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:53 Permalink

No, we have never totally followed His ways with His laws written on our hearts, but the people of America did once fear God. Now America's people call murder of children and sexual abominations their "rights".  We are now the most sinful nation in world history - and proud of it (as a nation). The elites in Washington are another story entirely...

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j0nx Grouchy-Bear Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:28 Permalink

I just witnessed it on the beach through the only clear patch of sky on isle of palms outside charleston. It was literally lightning and thundering all around the one patch of clear sky with the totally eclipsed sun. Absolutely the coolest thing I've ever seen and couldn't possibly be topped short of witnessing an alien invasion or asteroid strike.

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ThrowAwayYourTV Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:14 Permalink

You gotta be shitting me! The second coming of Jesus Christ would'nt draw as much media attention as this stupid eclipse.F*%king drama queens! What a bunch of grapes.

justa minute Akzed Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:43 Permalink

no he didnt, but a part of it was, the kingdom was taken from the joos as Christ said and they have been doing everything in their power to get it back since then revealing the man of sin. The spiritual Kingdom will crush them and they know their time is almost up. 100 years since the balfour treaty, solar eclipse, coincidence?

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JLee2027 Akzed Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:48 Permalink

There are numerous prophecy's of the Minor Tribulation and the Major Tribulation at the end of the world.  We are finishing up the Minor Tribulation now (Near total Destruction of the Church and decline of morality): Early in the morning of January 21, 1610, the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael appeared to Mother Mariana. Then Our Lady appeared to her and predicted many things about our own times: this is part of what Mother Mariana afterwards related that she told her:“…. I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…. the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs (morals)…. If correct, the Period of Peace is dead ahead. 25-50 years of the restored Church and glorious prosperity then the Anti-Christ comes and the real test begins.

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Anonymous_Bene… JLee2027 Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

Real is it a "test" when evreything is supposedly "predestined" to happen according to God's plan?!Hence I or you have no power to either bring "the end" about or prevent it's realization. Apparently God has no faith in us so we are powerless to do anything but follow the script as puppets according to "His will" I guess the cultural Marxists are just carrying out God's evil will.The capacity of the religious person to compartmentalize knows no bounds, apparently. And religion keeps people from ever affecting the real change the historical Jesus spoke of.

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GoinFawr tmosley Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:20 Permalink

I suppose they may have meant that it happens once in a century where you're to, once in a century where I am to, once in a century where the Russkies are at, etc. you get the idea.Otherwise, yeah, you can see a full eclipse a lot more often if you have access to a seaworthy vessel and the means to use it to be in the right place at the right time

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sgt_doom Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

Excoooooose me!  But seeing a solar eclipse is relatively boring, I can't even recall the one . . . I think it was in 1979. . . boooorrrrriiinnngg!And there was just a simple announcement the day before, not all this Fake News-generated hoopla.And to constantly and incorrectly hear the word "awesome" to describe it --- Get Real!!!!Seeing Taylor Vixen nude for the first time is AWESOME (viewing her naked for the 1,000th time is equally awesome)!Naaah, I'll be ignoring this --- but in the Awesome Astronomy category:  the gamma-ray bubbles, emanating from the galactic core --- now that's awesome!  That colossal structure the size of our solar system (some type of rectilinear or long-thin-square column) towards the other side of the galaxy --- now that's awesome.Me . . . I'll stick to dreaming about Taylor Vixen!