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IMAGES COURTESY OF Dr. Mike Reynolds March 29, 2006, total solar eclipse June 21, 2001, total solar eclipse July 11, 2010, total solar eclipse Gear up for an eclipse encounter 2017 will deliver total solar eclipse for U.S. observers By DR. MIKE REYNOLDS Guest Contributor On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979. All of the continental United States will experience at least a significant partial solar eclipse. For those fortunate enough to live along the narrow track of totality, or travel to the path of totality, up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds under the shadow awaits viewers. The Moon’s shadow first comes ashore in the northern Pacific, moving west to east. Totality first crosses the west coast of the United States at Oregon, then to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina before going out to sea. There are a number of cities near the path of totality, with several smaller communities very close to if not directly on the center line. Interstate highways and state roads should make accessibility to the center line easy. 12 COURTESY OF Fred Espenak, This graphic shows the path of the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse across the continental United States. This eclipse will attract a great deal of attention, both internationally and within the United States, from amateur and professional astronomers, the general public and media. It is best to make pla