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Total solar eclipse to hit the United States for the first time in 99 years

NATIONAL - Let this sink in, no one you probably know has ever seen this in their lifetime. For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will take place in the United States.

It begins on Aug. 21, and it's been nicknamed the "Great American Eclipse."  During that event, the moon will pass in front of the sun and between the Earth, blocking the sun's view during the day time for almost an hour and a half.

In Colorado, the eclipse will begin around 10:23 a.m. with the the maximum effect beginning at 11:47 a.m. The event then will finish by 1:15 p.m.  Colorado will see about 92% percent of the eclipse. The city to experience the event in it's totality will be Glendo, Wyoming, about 270 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

The last total solar eclipse occurred on June 8, 1918, and crossed the States from Washington to Florida.


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