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The total solar eclipse of 2017 is finally here, and it’s shaping up to be the astronomical event of a century for many Americans.
The eclipse begins on Monday when the moon starts inching in front of the sun. What this will look like and the exact time it starts depends on your viewing location. That’s because the moon’s dark shadow will race from west to east at more than 1,400 mph.
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Western Oregon will be the first to see totality – when the disk of the sun is 100% blocked, weird effects kick in, and the star’s ghostlike corona appears. This moment will last for just a couple of minutes shortly after 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). The shadow of totality will last touch eastern South Carolina just before 3 p.m. ET.
Anyone in the US should see a partial eclipse during the roughly 93-minute event. Make sure you watch and photograph the event safely, though, as staring at a partial eclipse can blind you (and don’t forget to wear sunscreen).
However, if you’re lamenting not having booked a flight to areas in the path of totality, or your viewing location is clogged by clouds or traffic, NASA TV has your back. The space agency will have several live video streams of the solar eclipse – its coverage began at noon ET and ends around 4 p.m.
We’ve embedded NASA TV’s livestreaming webcast on YouTube below, and it’s bound to be epic.
As totality moves east, the group will stream video from 12 locations on the ground, jets in the sky, telescopes, and dozens of high-altitude balloons.
Should this feed somehow stop working under the crush of online traffic, you may want to try our full page of embedded live video feeds for the eclipse.