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Why the US total solar eclipse is so special

23:48 EDT 18 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Why the US total solar eclipse is so specialOn August 21, the US will experience the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth and blocks the sun. For those lucky enough to witness it in America it will be an unique experience, says Affelia Wibisono, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Total Solar Eclipse in Australia 2012 Credit: Taxi Japan/Taxi Japan "They will see the sky get darker. It will feel like night-time has come early. "They might hear the birds singing. Some animals do get a little bit confused about what’s happening. "But not only that, people might actually see the stars come out during the daytime and if they are very, very lucky the might see some of the planets." What creates a total solar eclipse Unfortunately, in the UK only a slight partial eclipse will be visible. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090.


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