Ask a Scientist: Where Can I See the Eclipse in Totality?

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In totality, there's a 70-mile-wide swath of area that goes--traces a path across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Outside of that path, you'll see what's called a partial eclipse, which you'll see the moon take an ever-increasing bite out of the sun. But it won't completely cover the sun. Here in Washington, D.C., you'll see about 80% coverage, or partial. Accessibility provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


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What can people expect to see on August 21, 2017? It depends on where one is located. David Boboltz of the National Science Foundation describes the path of the solar eclipse.

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