Port St. Joe High School students watch the solar eclipse

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This time around, the so-called path of totality measured about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide and cut through 14 states, including parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and SC.

The total eclipse happens when the moon fully blocks light from the sun will be visible from a 113-kilometer path that carves through 14 USA states.

Those residing in Montreal will unfortunately not be able to see the total eclipse (only about 60 per cent of the Sun will be covered), but partial eclipsing will begin at 1:21 p.m. and reach its maximum at 2:38 pm.

This rare alignment, in which only the sun's corona is visible, hasn't been seen across the continental USA since 1918, and a record number of people are flocking to states where they can see totality.

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The diamond-ring effect is seen during a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. What is an eclipse?

Total solar eclipses happen because the Sun's diameter is 400 times wider than the Moon's, but it is also 400 times farther away. This total eclipse is a rare event, and it seems everyone will be talking about it throughout the week. ─ AFP A view of the solar eclipse at the Solar Temples at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest.

"Cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern; with your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground...the little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse", NASA wrote on its website.

Find out more about when your location will see the eclipse best here.

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Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the United States from coast to coast in almost a century.

Here's How to Make Your Own Eclipse Viewing Device! The last view of the moon's shadow will be seen in Charleston, South Carolina at 4:10 p.m. ET. The moon passes directly in front of the sun, and from certain places on Earth, day becomes night. We wanted to cover the total eclipse in person, but we didn't want to drive.

Researchers say the eclipse is important because it will enable astronomers to study the outer realm of the Sun, known as the corona.

The light from the Sun can burn the retina, leading to permanent or long-term damage and blind spots in one's center of vision.

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