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The Almanac — Looking for the Great American Solar Eclipse 2017
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A total solar eclipse photographed in France, 1999 by Luc Viatour Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be

Remember this date: August 21, 2017. That's when the next solar eclipse visible in North America will occur. Not only that, it will be a total eclipse visible in the Southeast United States.

In fact, it will sweep across the entire country, east coast to west, the first solar eclipse to do so since 1918.

Unfortunately, here in South Florida, we'll only experience a partial eclipse but totality will be only a short drive away.

According to Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office, the eclipse will be visible through all of North America, and portions of South America to Brazil.

The path of totality will arc a narrow path through Oregon, through the Midwest to South Carolina and into the Atlantic and eventually coming to an end as night falls.

Salem, Ore., Lincoln, Neb., Kansas City, Jefferson City, Mo., Nashville, Greenville, S.C., and Columbia, S.C. are among the places along the path of the full eclipse.

Miami will see 77 percent of the sun in shadow; Jacksonville, 90 percent, Atlanta, 97 percent. Since 1501, Miami has seen three total eclipses, the last coming in 1803.

There won't be a total eclipse visible in Miami until the next century, at least.

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The predicted path for the 2017 solar eclipse.
Map from NASA. Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC