When, where you can watch best Solar Eclipse in 40 years

COLORADO SPRINGS - We are exactly one month away from one of the biggest astronomical events in decades, and people are geeking out about it. 

On Aug. 21, 2017, the best total solar eclipse in 40 years will make its way across the United States.

The moon will pass directly in front of the sun, causing some parts of the United States to be in complete darkness. 

Most of the country will see a partial eclipse, but if you want to be a part of the group that gets to see the complete eclipse, you may have to make travel plans. 

The total eclipse will only be visible in a 70-mile-wide path extending from Oregon to South Carolina. 

While Colorado will only see a partial eclipse, portions of Wyoming will see the full thing. Experts expect Casper to see the full eclipse at around 11:43 a.m.

Other states include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina.

To get a better look at the eclipse view across the U.S.:

The eclipse process is expected to take a little more than an hour to complete, however, the actual moment when the moon will move directly in front of the sun will only last about two minutes. 

Experts are encouraging spectators to get protection for your eyes. 

You can buy special dark glasses made specifically for looking at eclipses, but you can also use a pinhole cut in a piece of card or paper to project the eclipse onto another piece of paper.

If you miss this year’s total solar eclipse, the next one to cross the United States will be in April 2024, but it will only cross over the eastern portion of the country. Another eclipse in August 2045 will pass directly over Colorado.

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