No tickets needed to see first total solar eclipse to sweep U.S. in 99 years

What you need to know about this summer's solar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special - at least for Americans - is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

Full Coverage: August 2017 Solar Eclipse

The path of totality on Aug. 21 - where day briefly becomes night - will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts - all the way into Canada, Central America and even the upper part of South America - will be treated to a partial eclipse.

For Virginia, we’re out of the totality region. Our state will be able to see a partial solar eclipse where up to 90 percent is expected to be covered. For Norfolk, the eclipse will start at 1:21 p.m. and end at 4:06 p.m. The moon will be closest to the center of the sun at 2:47.

No tickets are required for this Monday matinee, just special eclipse glasses so you don't ruin your eyes.

© 2017 Associated Press


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